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Roy Oswalt Throws Complete-Game One-Hitter As Astros Blank Pirates

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The Pirates managed only one hit, a single by Neil Walker, as Roy Oswalt pitched a complete-game shutout this afternoon. Lance Berkman provided the offense for Houston with two solo home runs, and the Astros won 2-0. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf fell to 1-7 despite pitching well, striking out five over seven innings.

That the Pirates have never been no-hit in my lifetime strikes me as pretty remarkable, since they seem to get one-hit, two-hit, three-hit and four-hit with incredible frequency. Walker's single was in the first, so there was no chance of a no-hitter happening in this one, but it makes me think back to late 2006 in San Diego, when I was at PETCO Park watching Chris Young take a no-hitter into the ninth against the Pirates. He ran out of gas and ended up allowing a meaningless homer by Joe Randa, which was just the most depressing possible outcome. Come on, Pirates. If you're going to be hapless, at least go all the way with it and give us some history here.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.