Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb falls one out shy of no-hitter


It appeared as though Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb had a date with history Sunday afternoon, until he had his heart ripped out at the last second.

The Braves southpaw took a no-hitter deep into the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, only to fall one out shy of the tremendous feat.

With two outs and facing a 2-2 count in the top of the ninth inning, Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor hit a seeing-eye single into left field past two outstretched defenders to end Newcomb's day after a whopping 134 pitches, and spoil the no-hit bid.

To further add to the misery, Newcomb would be tagged with an earned run after the Dodgers plated a run in the inning, additionally spoiling his shutout bid. However, the 25-year-old hurler still walked away with his 10th win of the season as Atlanta claimed a 4-1 victory.

“I was happy to get to that point and annoyed it was just a ground ball through the hole,” Newcomb said after the game. “In hindsight, you’d like to throw a different pitch or something. But I ... will just take that and go forward.”

Unfortunately, the failed no-hit bid was overshadowed after the game by some racist and homophobic tweets from Newcomb's social media account that surfaced from 2011. He was forced to address the tweets immediately following the game.

It's unclear at this point if Newcomb will face any discipline from Major League Baseball for the social media mishap.

Kent Mercker, another left-hander, was the last Atlanta pitcher to throw a no-hitter, doing it 24 years ago at Dodger Stadium.

There have been three no-hitters in the majors this year: Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton and Oakland Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea both accomplished the feat early in the season, and the Dodgers had four pitchers toss a combined no-hitter in May.

Newcomb is now an impressive 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in his first full big-league season.

The win was a big one for the Braves, who now trail the Philadelphia Phillies by only 1 1/2 games for top spot in the National League East.

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