San Diego Padres Lose To Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 After Combined No-Hitter Bid

Aaron Harang, Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson combined to no-hit the Dodgers for 8-2/3 innings, but a Juan Uribe double snapped the bid, and Dioner Navarro's subsequent RBI single won the game 1-0.

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San Diego Padres No-Hitter Bid Broken By Juan Uribe; Dodgers Win In Ninth

The San Diego Padres are one of two Major League franchises never to have thrown a no-hitter. On Saturday afternoon, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they had one working for 8-2/3 innings. There were just two problems:

(1) The Padres had only one hit of their own, and no runs
(2) 8-2/3 innings isn't the same as 9 innings

The Padres went down in the top of the ninth, and then sent Luke Gregerson to the mound in the bottom, with the righty looking to continue the Padres' combined no-hit effort. He struck out Matt Kemp to lead off, and then induced a harmless grounder from James Loney. At that point, there were two down, and none on.

But up stepped Juan Uribe, and after falling behind 1-2, Uribe drilled a high slider over Chris Denorfia's head in left field for a double, and the Dodgers' first hit. And then, five pitches later, Dioner Navarro dropped a single into center to score Uribe and end the game. For 8-2/3 innings, the Dodgers were hitless. And then in the span of six pitches, they picked up two hits and a win.

Prior to the ninth, Aaron Harang, Josh Spence, Chad Qualls and Mike Adams combined to work eight hitless innings, with five walks and seven strikeouts. For the Dodgers, Rubby de la Rosa, Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal and Blake Hawksworth wound up winning a combined one-hitter, with four walks and ten strikeouts.

In the Friday series opener, the Dodgers also beat the Padres 1-0.

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San Diego Padres Have Combined No-Hitter Through Eight Innings Against Dodgers

That combined no-hitter the Padres are working on against the Dodgers remains intact, after Mike Adams got out of a jam in the eighth.

Jamey Carroll led off by drawing a walk. Pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen followed by dropping down a sacrifice bunt up the third base line, but Chase Headley committed a throwing error, allowing Oeltjen to reach. That meant the Dodgers had two on and none out, still hitless.

Up next, Tony Gwynn Jr. attempted to bunt the two runners over, but he popped out to the catcher. Rafael Furcal then flew out to left, and Andre Ethier ended the inning by grounding a full count slider to second base.

Adams threw 18 pitches in the inning - ten of them for strikes - but survived, and the game now advances to the ninth. The ninth inning of a scoreless game, mind you, because the Padres still only have one hit of their own, which was a Cameron Maybin groundball single in the fifth. There's no telling which way this is going to go.

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San Diego Padres Have No-Hitter Vs. Dodgers Through Seven Innings

That's an unusual headline for a no-hitter in progress; usually the name of the pitcher would be prominently mentioned.

There's no pitcher named in the headline because if the Padres do complete their no-hitter over the Dodgers, it would be a combined effort. Starter Aaron Harang was lifted after six innings having thrown 95 pitches (62 strikes), because it is his first start off the disabled list and it was announced before the game that he'd be limited to around 90 pitches. Harang issued three walks and struck out six in his six innings.

Josh Spence came in to relieve Harang and struck out Andre Ethier to start the bottom of the seventh. Chad Qualls replaced Spence, and Matt Kemp reached base on a throwing error by Jason Bartlett, getting to second base. This prompted Bud Black to order an intentional walk to James Loney.

Qualls then retired Juan Uribe on a popup and got Dioner Navarro to hit a comebacker. The game has now gone to the top of the eighth, scoreless -- and the Padres have just one hit themselves. A new pitcher will come into the game in the bottom of the eighth, as the Padres have just pinch-hit for Qualls.

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