Tribe's Triston McKenzie pitches 7 2/3 no-hit innings before losing perfect game bid against Tigers

Triston McKenzie
Posted at 4:24 PM, Aug 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-15 16:29:34-04

CLEVELAND — Tribe starting pitcher Triston McKenzie had a remarkable outing Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers—one that nearly made history.

McKenzie pitched 7 2/3 perfect innings Sunday, giving up a single to Harold Castro with two outs in the eighth inning. The first hit the 24-year-old gave up in the nearly perfect outing came on his 100th pitch.

A perfect game would have been record breaking as the Tribe holds the longest current no-hitter drought in the league. Cleveland last recorded a no-hitter in 1981 with Len Barker’s perfect game.

While the perfect game bid came to an end and the drought continues, McKenzie's outing was one to remember.

McKenzie threw a career high 11 strikeouts, helping the Tribe topple the Tigers. His teammates stepped up to the plate in a big way themselves, scoring 11 runs to get the win.

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