Orioles’ Means throws no-hitter against Mariners

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means threw a no-hitter on Wednesday. He shut down the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington.

This was Means’ first career no-hitter.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners
John Means celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners (Photo by the Baltimore Orioles/Instagram)

“To be honest, I can’t even put it into words right now,” Means said in the postgame interview with MASN. “I felt OK all game, didn’t have a changeup until the end, but glad I got it going.”

And there’s controversy surrounding his outing.

He could have a perfect game. However, as it stands right now, a wild pitch on a third strike caused the perfect game to be taken off the table for now.

“Yeah, right now it doesn’t matter at all, to be honest with you,” he told ESPN. “I was just happy I made a good pitch, I was struggling with the curveball recently, so I was just happy I got it over and got a swing and miss on it, so that is all I was happy about. I was just trying to keep my cool with him on first base. I’m glad Sevy (catcher Pedro Severino) made up for it by getting him out at second.”

Means is the first Orioles pitcher to have a no-hitter since 1969. Jim Palmer was the last pitcher for the team to throw a no-hitter before Wednesday.

The team had a combined no-hitter in 1991. Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson combined for the no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics.

Steve Barber and Stu Miller also combined for a no-hitter in 1967. Besides Palmer and Means, Tom Phoebus, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bobo Holloman, Bob Groom, Ernie Koob, and Earl Hamilton also threw no-hitters in team history.

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