As painful as it will be for Atlanta Braves
In a game where Newcomb went 8.2 innings with eight strikeouts, one walk and one hit, he was just a strike away from being the first Braves pitcher since 1994 to throw a no-no. Unfortunately, he made his first and only mistake (if you can even label it that) by leaving a pitch just a hair high in the strike zone where LA's Chris Taylor turned on it for a base hit.
Sean Newcomb turned in the best start of his young career against the reigning National League champs, finishing one strike shy of Atlanta's first no-hitter since 1994. pic.twitter.com/EkWFV56t06— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) July 29, 2018
Had Newcomb been able to pull off the feat, he would have thrust himself into baseball history and amongst an exclusive list of Atlanta Braves greats.
Sean Newcomb is seeking to be the 5th-youngest Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter (25 years, 47 days).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 29, 2018
The last Braves pitcher this young to throw a no-hitter was George Davis on September 9, 1914 (24 years, 184 days old). pic.twitter.com/fX5sX8WMFX
Surely disappointing, but with Newcomb proving himself as a mainstay and commanding presence on the mound, we're sure this won't be the last time he finds himself in a situation like that.
The Braves were able to take a 4-1 win behind Newk's stellar one-hit performance and avoided the sweep on the same day Chipper Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame. What a day.