CLEVELAND – Brady Singer's bid at history turned to heartbreak in one pitch.
"I had all the confidence in the world we were going to see it happen,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said.
Singer allowed just one hit — a two-out single to Austin Hedges through an infield shift in the eighth inning — and the rookie flirted with a baseball rarity while leading Kansas City to a 11-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Making just his ninth big league start, the 24-year-old right-hander was four outs from becoming only the 36th rookie to throw a no-hitter when Hedges, who came in batting .148, bounced a single through a wide-open right side.
Kansas City had shifted its infield for the right-handed hitting Hedges, and he found the hole left open when second baseman Nicky Lopez moved.
“I honestly kind of blacked out," Singer said of his reaction. “I saw him get jammed, I saw it kind of get him on the handle. I don’t know who was playing there. I didn’t turn around and see what the shift was, honestly. But it snuck through. That’s how the game works.”
Hedges got the hit on a 93 mph full-count fastball on Singer’s 116th pitch, and after Matheny came out to visit him,. Singer finished the inning and was warmly greeted by teammates when he got back to Kansas City's dugout.
“I felt really good from the start,” Singer said. “It was probably a bad thing, but I kind of noticed there was no hits after the third inning. So it was stressful, but I felt sharp from pitch one and tried to stay focused the whole time.”