Third timeís a charm
SEPTEMBER 2, 1990
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb finally got the monkey off his back, if you call pitching three one-hitters in three seasons a burden. Stieb had two outs in the 9th before surrendering a hit in two of those games.
He finally got his much deserved no-hitter on this date in 1990 when he no-hit the Cleveland Indians 3-0.
But back on
September 24, 1988, also in
Cleveland, Stieb had not allowed a hit for 8 and 2/3 innings when Indians 2nd baseman Julio Franco came to bat. With a 2-2 count, Franco got a base hit to centerfield. Stieb retired the next batter for a 1-0, one-hit shutout.
Then on September 30, less than a week later, at home in
Toronto, Stieb had not allowed the Orioles a hit going into the 9th. He induced two groundouts, bringing pinch hitter Jim Traber to the plate. Again, on a 2-2 count, Traber got a base hit. The next batter grounded out and Dave Stieb had his second consecutive one-hitter after not allowing a hit for 8 and 2/3rds. He came amazingly close to tying Johnny Vander Meerís streak of two consecutive no-hitters, but still had none.
April 10, 1989 in
New York, Dave Stieb threw his third one-hitter in two seasons. It wasn't quite as dramatic this time as Stieb gave up the one hit in the 5th inning when Yankee catcher Jamie Quirk singled.
Stieb finally got that no-no on this date in 1990. Again, he made it interesting in the 9th. He got the first two batters out before walking the third. The last out came on a line drive out to right field. Stiebís day was no runs, no hits, four walks and nine strike outs.