Dodgers throw team no-hitter; Pujols joins 3000-hit club

Posted May 08, 2018

The first big-league game in Mexico since 1999 took place on Friday night, and it was nothing short of historic.

The Los Angeles Dodgers teamed up to shut down the San Diego Padres on Friday in Mexico, throwing a combined no-hitter led by rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who tossed six frames.

Los Angeles put Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list before the game with left biceps tendinitis, and the defending NL champions said their ace had returned to Los Angeles to be examined. Leading 4-0, Liberatore worked the ninth inning, striking out two Padres on 15 pitches before embracing his teammates.

It would start with rookie Walker Buehler, a top pitching prospect within the organization.

Los Angeles stranded 13 runners and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Buehler struck out eight and walked three in six innings, giving way to Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore, who threw an inning each.

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It's the 23rd no-hitter in Dodgers history, and it came against the only team that has never thrown a no-hitter (seriously, how have the Padres *never* thrown a no-hitter?).

Mexico had waited since 1999 to host a regular-season big league game, and it got a historic one: the first no-hitter ever outside the US or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.

Valenzuela pitched a no-hitter against St. Louis at Dodger Stadium on June 29, 1990, the same night Oakland's Dave Stewart pitched a no-hitter at Toronto - one of five in Canada, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

This series was part of Major League Baseball's push to internationalize the sport. There was only one no-hitter last season as well as in 2016, making this the first with multiple no-hitters since 2015, when there were seven.

While the Dodgers were offering zero hits to the Padres, an Angels future Hall-of-Famer was becoming the fourth player in Major League Baseball to hit 600 home runs and 3,000 hits in a career.