The art of throwing a no-hitter
To throw a no-hitter, you need to have good stuff and a good day, certainly -- and it also helps to be lucky.
Whenever a pitcher throws a no-hitter, it seems there's always that one great defensive play. Or perhaps it's a favorable call from an umpire. It might be early in the game, so at the time it has little significance (in terms of a no-hitter, anyway). In the Astros' no-hitter over the Yankees, Houston third baseman Geoff Blum made a tremendous barehanded play on a slow roller in the third inning. And in the fifth, left fielder Lance Berkman made a diving catch on Alfonso Soriano's soft liner.