No-No No 1: Brown Guts Giants 6/10/1997
The top Miami Marlins no-hitter goes to the pitcher who produced the finest single season in franchise history, Kevin Brown.
Really, you can argue he produced the finest two seasons, especially if you want to award some bonus points for the Marlins second no-no. Only with the team for two seasons, he was the definition of dominance. So it’s only fitting that his entry on this list would be the most dominant of all.
If it weren’t for one lousy hit batter, this one would have been a Perfect Game. Brown’s seven strikeouts stand alone in second place, trailing only Volquez. Zero walks, zero errors, and only 98 pitches required to get the job done. And this was against a really good team, one that included Barry Bonds, and that would meet Brown and the Marlins again in the 1997 NLDS.
The one thing you can say against this one placing this high would be that it was pretty low pressure, as it was a 9-0 rout. But unlike the Leiter laugher in Colorado, this was a 1-0 game heading into the seventh inning. Until the fifth, it was scoreless, and the winning run actually scored on a balk. So plenty of excitement provided before the outcome was bobbled and clubbed out of reach, and at that point fans had something else to be amped up for.
The dreaded hit by pitch came with two outs in the eighth. Four outs from an even more amazing milestone, but still easily the best pitching performance produced by a member of the Marlins. Six no-hitters in twenty-five years is remarkable in its own right- that beats out ten MLB teams, including plenty that have been around a lot longer.
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