Reliving Edwin Jackson’s 2010 no-hitter

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Even with the increasing number of no-hitters thrown over the past few seasons, getting 27 batters to record outs without surrendering a hit is still an incredible feat. On Wednesday, the Cubs officially acquired starter Edwin Jackson, who joins teammate Matt Garza as members of the no-hit club.

Jackson, whose heater routinely reaches into the mid-90s, has no-hit stuff every time he steps on the mound, but his June 25, 2010, interleague matchup with the Rays didn’t have the makings of a dominant outing. Instead the game became a nine-inning, grind-it-out affair—and a statistical anomaly—for the Diamondbacks pitcher, who improved as the game went along.

The then-26-year-old’s first inning resulted in a pair of walks, a wild pitch and 27 pitches thrown, but the host Rays left runners stranded at the corners. Jackson was only slightly better in the second inning, allowing two walks on 21 pitches and stranding runners on first and second. Fortunately in the top half of that inning, Adam LaRoche hit a solo home run on a line drive to right to give Arizona a 1-0 lead, which would prove to be the game’s final score.

The bottom of the third kicked off with a trio of walks to load the bases. But Jackson got out of the jam by inducing a shallow flyout and a pair of groundouts. Through his first three innings, he’d given up seven walks and thrown 72 pitches. But despite his rough start, Jackson would settle down for the remainder of the game.

He cruised through the fourth and fifth, retiring the side in order. Though he hit B.J. Upton in the sixth, Jackson went 1-2-3 in the seventh and got out of the eighth without surrendering a hit despite an error from third baseman Stephen Drew. Jackson struck out leadoff man Upton to start the ninth, and got Hank Blalock to fly out to left. After Willy Aybar reached on a walk, Jackson forced Jason Bartlett to ground out to short, ending the game and touching off a Diamondbacks celebration.

The righty’s final line read: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 8 BB, 149 pitches thrown (only 79 for strikes).

“It’s one of the crazier games that I’ve had this year, especially starting out like it did—not being able to find the strike zone with the fastball. Good thing I could throw the slider for strikes at any count,” Jackson told Adam Berry of MLB.com at the time. “That just saved me and resurrected my game, to even be able to have a chance to do what I did tonight is crazy.”

While Jackson’s efforts were far from perfect—and it might not have been the most dominant no-no of all time—he entered the record books with the D-backs second no-hitter in franchise history.

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