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Astros No-No Features History For Everyone

What’s better than throwing a No-Hitter? Doing it in front of Nolan Ryan.

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Astros No-No Features History For Everyone


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On a night when the Houston Astros were honoring the history made by legends of their past, the players of the present made history. For the Astros, tonight’s story was supposed to be about the official opening of the Astros Hall of Fame, a night when Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, and countless other former legends all sat under the same roof.

The TV broadcast was filled with interviews with newly minted Astros Hall of Famers and the only other story that seemed to come across each interview tonight was that little ole Zack Greinke trade. Who would have thought that the story by the end of the night would be the performance of a couple of guys from that other trade the Astros made at the deadline?

I’m talking about newly acquired Aaron Sanchez, owner of a 6.07 ERA before this game, along with newly acquired Joe Biagini, and old stalwarts Will Harris, and Chris Devenski who combined to throw a 4 pitcher no-hitter. For all the hubbub about Zack Greinke making the Astros rotation a monster for opposing hitters, we may have overlooked who as recently as 2016 led the league in ERA.

In a post-game interview, Sanchez stated, “I was just coming here and trying to have a good first impression” and what an impression it was. With his curveball working and keeping hitters off-balance, Sanchez threw 6 no-hit innings before having to be removed before the 7th and bullpen picked up right where he left off, tossing 3 more no-hit innings to complete the gem. The Astros offense scored 9 runs to take the pressure off the pitchers, coming out of the gate to score 3 in the 1st inning.

It’s only the 1st game as an Astro for Aaron Sanchez, but if no-hit baseball is what the Astros can expect out of their presumptive number 5 starter, then the rest of the American League is surely on notice. If this team keeps up it’s pace, perhaps future Astros Hall of Fame classes will have all 25 of these players in their halls.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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