Sports | May 15, 2022 8:07 pm

The Cincinnati Reds’ Season Now Includes a No-Hitter — That They Lost

Further evidence of a rough season

Hunter Greene
Hunter Greene of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch in the sixth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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It might be time for the Cincinnati Reds to start wondering if they’re genuinely cursed. The team was already off to an especially horrific start to their season when rookie pitcher Hunter Greene threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Under most circumstances, this would be cause for celebration — a young pitcher pulling off a rare feat to help turn the team’s season around.

The Reds’ 2022 being what it is, however, the occasion was historic for another reason. Greene and the Reds did, in fact, pull off an impressive no-hitter — but they still lost 1-0.

As the New York Times pointed out, this is one of only six occasions since 1901 that a pitcher has pitched a no-hitter without walking away with the win. It’s still an impressive feat — and had Greene’s teammates managed to score all of two runs, they’d all have much greater grounds for celebration.

The Times has more details on the game — including that Greene was pulled in the eighth inning after walking two batters. One of those players later scored on a fielder’s choice given up by Art Warren, who succeeded Greene on the mound.

Greene was chosen second overall in the 2017 draft; hopefully, his performance on Sunday suggests better things to come for both him and his team.