San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross Falls Short Of No-Hitter

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 20: Tyson Ross
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 20: Tyson Ross /

In one of the more exciting games in recent San Diego Padres memory, Tyson Ross flirted with a no-no, but ultimately fell just short.

What an emotional roller coaster for San Diego Padres fans last night.

Tyson Ross gave the Padres everything he had Friday night. After 127 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, Ross fell just four outs shy of the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ franchise history. Through one impressive stretch, Ross retired 18-straight Diamondback hitters, exhibiting just how filthy his stuff was.

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The lone hit came off the bat of pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the 8th inning. Initially, it seemed like Tyson Ross had secured the last out of the inning, but a miss-read on a deep drive by Franchy Cordero in center field led to the end of not only Ross’ no-hit bid but the Padres’ lead as well.

By the end of his outing, Ross was gassed. The performance will still go down as a magical one by Tyson Ross.

His final pitching line read,  7 2/3 innings, 10 strikeouts, one earned run, three walks, one hit allowed.

Ross found success by attacking hitters and utilizing an effective fastball/slider combination. The fastball was touching 93 MPH well into the 8th inning, and the slider had great tilt the entire night.

There was some thought during the 8th inning, with only a 1-0 lead, that Andy Green would turn to Craig Stammen and remove Tyson Ross in the middle of his bid for history. That possibility was thrown out the window when Ross confidently told Andy Green he felt fine and wanted to continue.

It’s refreshing to finally have someone in the rotation show some consistency. I’m sure the heavily taxed Padres’ bullpen appreciated it also.

With a 1-1 scoring going into the 9th, the Padres were not going to let Ross’ performance go to waste. They were able to secure a 4-1 lead thanks to a couple of hits by Carlos Asuaje and Christian Villanueva. Brad Hand was then able to come in and secure the victory by striking out four straight Arizona hitters.

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The wait will continue for Padres’ fans as the team searches for the first no-no in franchise history, however, last night showed us all just how exciting this Padres team can be.