By Sam Bush
John Means has been great all season for the Orioles, but he had no-hit stuff last night.
The Orioles starter threw a no-hitter in Baltimore’s 6-0 win against the Seattle Mariners. He did not allow a hit, walk or hit a batter in the game. What ruined Means’ perfect game bid was Sam Haggerty reaching on a strikeout in the third that was ruled a wild pitch by Means.
The 28-year-old southpaw had 12 strikeouts in the game, matching a career high.
Means became the first Orioles pitcher to throw a solo no-hitter since Jim Palmer in 1969.
Here is a look at the final out.
John Means throws the first solo Orioles no-hitter since Jim Palmer in… 1969
— The Baseball Newsletter (@bbletter) May 5, 2021
Means has been great all season and is now 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA. His changeup was his money pitch on Wednesday:
All 12 K’s from John Means NO FREAKING HITTER
14 whiffs on the CH is a career high for him.
First pitch strikes to 26 out of 27 batters. pic.twitter.com/QTc5t5vDZJ
— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) May 5, 2021
This is the third no-hitter of the season following Joe Musgrove and Carlos Rodon. Madison Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter.