Rapid Reaction: Jimenez no-no
April, 17, 2010
By ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
Ubaldo Jimenez just recorded the first no-hitter in Rockies history as Colorado blanked the Braves, 4-0.
- This leaves the Mets (48 seasons), Padres (41 seasons) and Devil Rays/Rays (12 seasons) as the only franchises to not throw one. The Indians have gone 29 seasons since their last -- Len Barker's perfect game in 1981.
- The last time the Braves were no-hit was Randy Johnson's effort on May 18, 2004. The Braves' franchise has now been no-hit 16 times in its history, trailing only the Phillies' 18.
- Jimenez is the first pitcher whose first name begins with "U" to throw a no-hitter.
- It's the earliest no-hitter thrown in a season since Hideo Nomo on April 4, 2001.
- Jimenez is the fourth pitcher from the Dominican Republic to throw a no-no. He joins Juan Marichal, Ramon Martinez and Jose Jimenez. Other non-United States countries/territories to boast multiple no-hitters are Venezuela (Wilson Alvarez, Anibal Sanchez, Carlos Zambrano), Puerto Rico (Juan Nieves, Jonathan Sanchez), Ireland (Tony Mullane, One Arm Daily) and Japan (Hideo Nomo, 2).
- Saturday is far and away the leading day of the week for no-hitters. Jimenez's was the 49th thrown on a Saturday. Wednesday (39), Friday (38) and Sunday (35) round out the top four.
- The catcher and umpire from Saturday's no-hitter (Miguel Olivo and Jeff Kellogg) were BOTH behind the plate for Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter on Sept. 6, 2006.