no hitter rules
No Hitter, Perfect Game, or...
Danny asked: A starter starts a game, pitches to one batter gives up a single but has to leave due to injury.
Replacement comes in and retires 27 consecutive players including a DP to get the first batter.
What would you call it, cause technically it would not be a perfect game even though he gets all players in innings 1-9 out without giving up a hit?
Rick answered: Danny, thank you for your question.
As soon as the first batter of the game safely reached first base with a base hit, the no hitter and perfect game were both gone.
The starting pitcher would be charged with no innings pitched, and having given up 1 base hit, no decision.
The relief pitcher credited with a win, save and shutout. While he retired all 27 batters he faced, giving up no hits and no runs and no base runners, that leadoff hitter in the first made the no hitter and perfect game impossible to officially achieve.
Yours in baseball,
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