San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto was rolling Saturday night against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
The two-time All-Star had a no-hitter going entering the bottom of the sixth at Dodger Stadium, having allowed just a single walk through his first five innings of work against the team that entered the night with the most runs scored in MLB.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Cueto's 70th pitch of the night was hit to left field for what should have been another relatively routine out … except Giants left fielder Hunter Pence seemed to completely lose track of the ball in the lights. Kiké Hernández raced to third as Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski retrieved the ball that had sailed over Pence's head.
Hunter Pence ruins Johnny Cueto’s no-hit bid by losing a fly ball. pic.twitter.com/oMM5EeMmGC
Obviously, there was still a lot of game to go, but Pence's flub is one of the worst ways you'll ever see a no-hitter broken up.
Cueto seemed to unravel a bit after the play, too. An Austin Barnes groundout scored Hernández, then Cueto walked Joc Pederson, got Mookie Betts out, then walked Cody Bellinger. With two men on, Justin Turner then launched a three-run homer.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence reacts after losing a pop-up in the lights. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
An inning that had started with the Giants leading 5-0 with their pitcher working on a no-hitter was suddenly 5-4. Cueto was pulled for Tony Watson after giving up the blast to Turner.
San Francisco did manage to hang on, however, for a 5-4 victory. Cueto got the win after throwing 5⅔ innings, allowing two hits while striking out three and walking three.
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