Baseball is a unique sports and its oddities were on full display Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
The Cincinnati Reds held the Pittsburgh Pirates hitless but still managed to lose the game, 1-0, in a rare feat that has only happened five other times in the history of Major League Baseball.
The unusual outcome happened after Reds starter Hunter Greene, who regularly tops 100 mph on the radar gun, pitched 7.1 hitless innings before being lifted in the eighth after walking two batters.
He was relieved by Art Warren, who allowed a walk to Ben Gamel to load the bases and then Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a groundball to second base, beating out the double-play ball which allowed the runner on third to score.
And that was it for the offense.
The Reds did not even get a chance to even complete the full no-hitter because they were the road team and the game was already over in the top of the ninth.
It was a microcosm for the Reds’ season, as the team holds an MLB-low nine wins. Meanwhile, the Pirates have not fared much better this season although they do move to 15-19 with the win.
Fans, media and more all were amazed by the outcome and chimed in on social media.