Who's responsible for blowing Rich Hill's no-hitter? | The Tylt
Who's responsible for blowing Rich Hill's no-hitter?
Rich Hill took a perfect game into the ninth inning where an error ended it. It was okay, though—the Los Angeles Dodgers got out of the inning unscathed on the scoreboard, preserving a no-hitter and heading into extra innings. But even that was not meant to be.
On his 99th pitch of the game, Rich Hill served a fat fastball over the middle of the plate to Josh Harrison. The Pirates slugger was more than happy to send into the stands, ending the no-hitter and sending Hill off the mound with a loss.
While he threw the pitch that ended his no-hit bid, his offense did nothing to help him. Dodger batters failed to score any runs on eight hits. Who should get the blame for losing what may have been Hill's best game ever?
Baseball is hard. There is no denying a bad game is bound to happen. But, holy mother of God—when you're job is to hit a baseball and put up runs, you best do it when your pitcher needs you. Dodger batters were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position last night. They also stranded 11 batters on base on their way to getting shut out.
Rich Hill threw a gem of a game. He is in no way responsible for his offense letting him down.
People can blame the Dodger batters all they want for hitting woes—the hitters aren't the ones throwing from the mound. Take nothing away from Rich Hill. He may have thrown the best game of his life, but when he really needed a pitch to keep his no-hitter going, he threw a fastball right down the middle of the plate. He got punished for it. That's the life of a pitcher.
Even Hill acknowledges the pitches fall on him, and no one else. Hill may have pitched his best game, but it is his fault he lost the no-hitter.
Rich Hill: "It falls on me, on this one. One bad pitch."
Told this line of thinking was crazy, Hill replied, "No, it was a bad pitch."