Triple-A Omaha righthander Luis Mendoza threw a nine-inning no-hitter on July 18 at Memphis. Then he didn't. Then he did. And now, the Pacific Coast League says, he didn't.
After taking two days to review a contested ninth-inning play, the PCL ruled that Memphis shortstop Tyler Greene did, in fact, line a double to left field, thus nullifying Mendoza's no-hitter. The Memphis scorekeeper originally determined that Greene had reached via a two-base error because the ball bounced off the glove of leaping Omaha left fielder David Lough. (You can view the video clip here.) The scorekeeper reversed his call after the game, only to reverse it again about an hour later.
So when the dust settled on Monday, Mendoza had a no-hitter, his second in the PCL. It turned out to be perhaps the shortest-lived no-hitter in history, though. The PCL issued the following statement on July 20:
"In response to the request by the Memphis Redbirds to review the scoring decision from the bottom of the ninth inning in their July 18th game with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Pacific Coast League has deemed the batted ball by Tyler Greene of Memphis shall be changed from its original ruling as an error to a hit.
"In consideration of language included in the Official Baseball Rules, and with the benefit of additional time to review the play, including video replay and accounts of the play provided by professional baseball personnel present at the July 18th game, the PCL office and its official statisticians at Major League Baseball Advanced Media will recognize Greene’s hit as a double. The change in the ruling will nullify a no-hitter by Omaha pitcher Luis Mendoza and prolong Greene’s active hitting streak to 15 games entering today."
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