SEATTLE (AP) — Amid the chaos of the starter leaving with an injury, a two-base throwing error, three walks and five pitching changes, Brian Runge wasn’t paying attention to the history the Seattle Mariners were making.
When six Mariners pitchers tossed the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history Friday night, Runge found his own chapter in the annals of baseball umpires.
Runge was the home plate umpire for Friday night’s no-hitter in the Mariners’ 1-0 win over the Dodgers. And he was behind the plate April 21 in Seattle when the White Sox’s Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in baseball history.
Runge is the first umpire since Drew Coble in 1990 to be behind the plate for two no-hitters in one season.