Former AL Cy Young award winner Blake Snell was on the verge of history Tuesday as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Snell, who won the Cy Young as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2018, was pulled after seven no-hit innings and 107 pitches.
The Padres led the game at the time 3-0, and pulled out the win despite the no-hitter going by the wayside when Arizona’s David Peralta had a bloop single fall into shallow left field.
Snell looked as strong as he has at any point in 2021, striking out 10 and walking a pair in the win.
“It’s just smart,” Snell said about being taken out of the game.
“Is it really worth going 140, 130 pitches to try to get it? … You’ve got to be smart. We need to win games, and I put the team in a great position to win — seven innings, no runs, and we got the win.”
This season Snell is 7-5 with a 4.31 ERA, starting in 25 games with 159 strikeouts.
Earlier this year the Padres recorded their first no-hitter in franchise history when Joe Musgrove shutdown the Texas Rangers.
San Diego has been around since 1969 meaning the franchise had to wait 52 years to see a no-hitter celebration.
They nearly were able to celebrate a second no-hitter Tuesday, but Snell himself felt it was the right decision to get pulled.