The sound was all you needed. Sean Rodriguez had just barreled up a pitch, and the “crack” vibrated through the field microphone at PNC Park. The ball was on its way to the left-field bleachers. Gone. Walkoff.
Rodriguez initially wasn’t expected play baseball this year, let alone win a game in extra innings for the Pirates, after he, his wife and two of his children were injured in a January auto accident. But there he was Sunday, about three weeks after coming off the disabled list and about 24 hours after being reunited with the club in a waiver trade with the Braves. He got two at-bats in his return — one in the ninth inning, one in the 12th.
The at-bat in the 12th will be replayed in the Steel City for a long time.
Gonzalez was trying to toss a complete game for the first time in 2013 and finish what would have been the first no-hitter of his 10-year career.
The Nationals and Expos have a combined seven no-hitters in franchise history. The last one came when Max Scherzer did not allow a hit on Oct. 3, 2015 against the Mets. The last 1-0 no-hitter thrown was in a familiar place when Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no at Marlins Park on Sept. 28, 2014.
The last MLB no-hitter, and only one this season, was also at Marlins Park when Miami’s Edinson Volquez kept the Diamondbacks hitless on June 3.
Volquez dedicated his no-hitter to former Royals teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a January car accident, and tossed the no-no on what would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday.
Before the game, Rodriguez acknowledged the support Pittsburgh fans gave him as he rehabbed his banged-up shoulder. During the game, he received an Lebron Cheap Jerseys ovation as he entered the lineup in a double-switch. After the game, he Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys returned the favor.