Mike Fiers Hurls 134 Pitches, no-hitter against the Dodgers

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Mike Fiers pitched the second no-hitter in nine days in the major leagues, leading the host Houston Astrosto a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Fiers struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first no-hitter and the fifth in the big leagues this season. Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-hitter on Aug 12.

Acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline to help with the Astros’ playoff push, Fiers has been stellar in his three starts.

Having never thrown a complete game in his five-year career, Fiers was dominant. He struck out 10 and walked three, retiring the final 21 batters.

Nolan Ryan applauded from a suite as Fiers was mobbed by his teammates at the mound after finishing the 11th no-hitter in Astros history.

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mike-fiers-hurls-134-pitches-hitting-dodgersHOUSTON – A few months ago, Mike Fiers was known as the guy who threw the pitch that fractured Giancarlo Stanton’s face. A few weeks ago, he was known as that other guy in the trade that brought five-tool center fielder Carlos Gomezfrom the Milwaukee Brewers to the Houston Astros in exchange for a package of prospects.

Now he’s known as the guy who threw the first no-hitter in Minute Maid Park history.

Fiers’ rambling 10-strikeout, three-walk, 134-pitch no-hitter in the Houston Astros’ 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night may not have been the most dominating effort in baseball history — Fiers said he was quick to mention to Astros executive Nolan Ryan that he didn’t have nearly the fastball of the franchise icon — but it built to a crescendo in the late innings.

More than 33,000 fans here finally got caught up in the moment in the ninth inning. They were on their feet before it and, by the time Justin Turner stepped to the plate with two outs, the din was impressive. Every other fan seemed to have a cell phone or camera in their hands. Fiers struck Turner out on an 89 mph fastball, chucked his glove and awaited the bear hug from catcher Jason Castro, his new teammates streaming in from all corners of the field.

Before that final at-bat, the moment got a little too much for Fiers. The lanky, bearded right-hander stepped off the rubber.

“Oh man, my chest was beating hard,” Fiers said. “The crowd helped me, definitely. Everyone was on their feet. I kind of looked around for a quick second, everyone’s just going crazy and I’m just trying to get it done that much more.”

This one snuck up on just about everybody involved. Before Friday, Fiers had never pitched in the ninth inning in a start before. He came into the game with a lifetime record of 22-28.

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