It’s like clockwork: Seemingly every time a pitcher carries a no-hitter deep into a game, a position player makes an outstanding play to keep it alive.
In Game 1 of the NLCS between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals, Aníbal Sánchez entered the eighth inning with a zero in the hit column. Tommy Edman came to the plate and ripped a line drive to the right side of the infield, but Ryan Zimmerman kept the ball from going any further.
AIR ZIMMERMAN pic.twitter.com/gFuTdE8qKU— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) October 12, 2019
Sanchez lost the no-no two batters later, allowing a single off the bat of José Martínez that landed in front of Michael Taylor. Nats manager Davey Martinez immediately pulled him, handing things over to Sean Doolittle to record the final four outs of the game.
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