San Francisco Giants All-Star Alex Cobb was on track to pitch a no-hitter on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, but his bid fell short by just one out.
Facing two outs in the ninth inning, Reds’ Spencer Steer connected on Cobb’s 125th pitch of the game to give his team the only run in a 6-1 loss.
Cobb was looking to pitch the fifth no-hitter in MLB this season and the first in his career. It would also be the first no-hitter for the Giants since 2015.
“Still right now, this is surreal,” Cobb said after the game. “In the moment, I was just focused on the delivery and the game plan and executing pitches, and then it started to become real. Had some cool thoughts going on in my mind of having my family here and thanking them. It was special, for sure.”
Cobb ended the Reds game with 131 pitches, with 83 of them being for strikes. It was the highest pitch count of his career and the most by any pitcher in MLB in 2023.
The 35-year-old made 25 starts this season, going 7-5 with a 3.57 ERA and 125 strikeouts. He received his first All-Star nod this season.