Twins’ Kenta Maeda falls one inning short in bid for MLB’s first no-hitter of 2020

Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw a career-high 115 pitches, but allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning in his bid for the first no-hitter of the abbreviated 2020 MLB season.

Maeda blanked the Milwaukee Brewers for eight innings in Minneapolis until Eric Sogard hit a bloop single over the glove of Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco. Over the first eight innings, Maeda allowed only two batters to reach base — Christian Yelich on a walk in the first inning and Omar Navarez on a walk in the eighth. 

Earlier in the game, Maeda broke a franchise record with eight consecutive strikeouts. Jim Merritt (1966) and Francisco Liriano (2010) had previously fanned seven in a row. The American League record is nine, set by Detroit's Doug Fister in 2012 and tied earlier this season by Tigers reliever Tyler Alexander.

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