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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Valenzuela, Stewart each throw no-hitters
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


June 29, 1990

Upon learning that Oakland's Dave Stewart no-hit Toronto earlier in the evening, the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela says, "Maybe we'll see another no-hitter." Valenzuela pitches as well as he predicts, no-hitting the Cardinals.

It is the only time in the modern baseball era that two no-hitters have been pitched on the same day.

Both veteran pitchers had been struggling coming into their games, losing five of their last six starts. In the SkyDome, Stewart begins shakily, walking the first two batters before retiring 26 straight. After issuing his third walk, he retires Tony Fernandez to complete the 5-0 victory.

The only ball that comes close to being a hit is Fernandez's grounder in the fourth, but first baseman Mark McGwire darts to his right, goes to his knees as he backhands the ball and flips to Stewart covering first.

"He looked a lot like Nolan (Ryan) the last few innings," says Athletics manager Tony La Russa. "Those great ones, when they smell it -- damn, they turn it up."

Out in Los Angeles, Valenzuela also smells it. His toughest batter is the first one, Vince Coleman, who is barely thrown out by Alfredo Griffin after grounding deep to short. Valenzuela ends the 6-0 gem by getting former teammate Pedro Guerrero to ground into a double play, with the ball deflecting off his glove to second baseman Juan Samuel.





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