Dodgers defeat Angels without recording a hit!

hitless MLB win scoreboard 6/28/08The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Angels 1-0 without recording a hit through 9 innings of play. MLB.com reports:

“The Dodgers have been trying to win without hitting all year and Saturday night they literally did.

They were held hitless by Angels starter Jered Weaver and reliever Jose Arredondo, but recorded a 1-0 win anyway with an unearned run in the fifth inning. It was only the fifth time since 1900 a Major League team won a game without a hit.

“The most bizarre game I’ve ever been part of,” said catcher Russell Martin.

Chad Billingsley lost the battle with Weaver, allowing three hits over seven innings, but won the war by combining with Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito as the Dodgers recorded their second consecutive shutout against the Angels in the Interleague Freeway Series.

“It was pretty magical,” manager Joe Torre said of the pitchers’ duel, and here’s the historical roundup:

Although by MLB rules it doesn’t officially qualify as a no-hitter because the Angels didn’t pitch nine innings, it was the first time the Dodgers were no-hit since Kent Mercker and Atlanta, April 8, 1994; the first time a Dodgers team won a game without a hit and the first time any team won a game without a hit since 1992, when the Indians beat Boston and former Dodgers pitcher Matt Young.

“We’ll try to win with one hit tomorrow and work our way up,” said general manager Ned Colletti.”

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