Indians come within two outs of combined no-no

One of the rarest feats in baseball is the combined no-hitter, in which the starter and any relief pitchers combine to no-hit the opposing team. This is has been accomplished fewer times than the number of perfect games which is now at a total of 23 in over a century of baseball.

The combined no-hitter has been accomplished fewer than a dozen times in the modern-era of baseball. Last summer four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers, Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon collectively threw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.

The Cleveland Indians were two outs away from upping that number to an exact dozen whenHouston Astros‘ shortstop Jed Lowrie stepped up to the plate, facing Cleveland’s closer Nick Hagadone.

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Indians almost accomplish one of the rarest feats in MLB

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