For nine innings, Dodgers starter Rich Hill was rock-solid tonight. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning before having it broken up after third baseman Logan Forsythe committed an error.
But despite his efforts, the Dodgers failed to muster anything on offense and Hill went out in the 10th frame to eventually surrender a walk off home run to Josh Harrison. The Dodgers were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Sadly for Hill, this isn’t the first time he’s had a no-hitter in reach. Last year, against the Marlins, he pitched seven perfect innings on just 89 pitches before being yanked due to a lingering blister issue. Hill might be one of the unluckiest pitchers in MLB history.
#Dodgers Rich Hill is the first pitcher in history to lose a no-hitter on a walk-off home run.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 24, 2017
While Forsythe’s error did lead to Jordy Mercer getting on base, second baseman Chase Utley made an incredible catch one inning earlier to keep the perfect game intact.
Hill’s final line: nine innings pitched, one hit and one run allowed with 10 strikeouts and a loss.