TEMPE, Ariz. — No hitters are rare, but apparently players have forgotten about that this spring. After three Yankees pitchers combined to no-hit the Tigers on March 17, the Mariners fell to the Angels on March 24, the first no-hitter in the Cactus League in 21 years.
Eight Angels pitchers combined for the no-hitter, as the Mariners fell 4-0. Seattle only managed two base runners, coming from a catcher’s interference and a walk.
It took some stellar defensive play from Angels players in the ninth to secure the no-hitter. First baseman C.J. Cron, right fielder Shane Robinson and third baseman Sherman Johnson all made diving defensive plays.
“That defense was unbelievable,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told The Oklahoman. “C.J. and Robbie in right field and Sherm at third base, that’s a good way to cap off a good night, with some plays like that.”
All three Mariners struck out in the fifth, and Seattle all together struck out 12 times.