Former Giant Juan Marichal pitched his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but to the best of my knowledge, he was never man enough to snap a bat in half over his knee after striking out as a hitter.
As of late Sunday night, however, Marichal does have one thing in common with the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano: both have no-hit Houston.
A surprisingly short list of the pitchers who, in the last 46 years, have thrown no-no's at either the Astros or the Colt .45's, as the expansion club was known between 1962 and 1964:
|Juan Marichal||San Francisco||June 15, 1963|
|Jim Maloney||Cincinnati||April 30, 1969|
|F. Cordova (9 IP), R. Rincon (1 IP)||Pittsburgh||July 12, 1997|
|Carlos Zambrano||Chicago Cubs||Sept. 14, 2008|
In the starts immediately following their no-hit efforts v. Houston, here is how Zambrano's three predecessors fared:
Marichal followed his no-hitter with an impressive win (1 ER, 7.2 IP) against the Dodgers; Maloney lasted just 5 innings, though he yielded only one run, in a loss to the Mets; and Cordova, who was no Juan Marichal and not even a Jim Maloney, got bombed, allowing 8 hits and 7 runs in just 2 IP as the Pirates lost to the Reds.
If Zambrano takes his regular turn in the rotation, his next start will be on Friday, at Wrigley Field, against the Cardinals.
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