This Day In Dodgers History: Fernando Valenzuela Tosses No-Hitter

On June 29, 1990, Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Fernando Valenzuela threw a no-hitter in a 6-0 win at Dodger Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the seventh no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history and the 17th in franchise history.

Valenzuela walked just three batters while striking out seven in the Dodgers’ winning effort. Interestingly enough, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Dave Stewart pitched a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays that same day. It is the only time in the modern baseball era that there were two no-hit games thrown on the same day.

Mike Scioscia was the starting catcher for Valenzuela’s no-hit bid. Scioscia was also the catcher for the Dodgers’ next no-hitter thrown by Kevin Gross two years later on Aug. 17, 1992.

Valenzuela finished the year with a 13-13 overall record, 4.59 ERA and five complete games. The 1990 season was Valenzuela’s final season in a Dodger uniform. He pitched 11 seasons for the Dodgers and was a six-time all-star, NL Cy Young Award winner, NL Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove Award Winner, a two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient and helped Los Angeles win a World Series in 1981.

The left-hander also won 21 games during 1986 season while pitching 20 complete games. All of Valenzuela’s accolades came as a member of the Dodgers. For his career, Valenzuela had 173 wins and posted 3.54 ERA with 2,074 strikeouts.


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