Hits were hard to come by at the Rogers Centre Sunday afternoon, as the Jays and Rays combined for just six of them overall during Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory. Toronto starter Shaun Marcum didn’t allow a hit in 6.0 innings, in fact, while Rays starter Jae Seo gave up just two in his 7.0 innings of work.

Nolan_ryan_nohitterThough neither Seo nor Marcum can be considered prime candidates to throw a no-hitter, the same cannot be said of the trio of hurlers who have managed to turn the trick against the Blue Jays over the last 30 years (don’t worry … Mr. Stieb will get his due soon at ‘The 500 Level’). The first opposing pitcher to do so was Len Barker, who in fact, accounts for the lone perfect game against the Jays in team history. He accomplished the feat on May 15, 1981.

If Barker wasn’t a household name though, the other two most certainly were. Dave Stewart became the first pitcher to toss a no-hitter in Toronto when he blanked the Blue Jays, 5-0, on June 29, 1990 as a member of the archrival Oakland Athletics. Using his patented stare, Stewart struck out eight different Blue Jay hitters at least once, finishing with 12 on the afternoon in front of 49,817 at SkyDome. The no-hitter was made official when Tony Fernandez flew out to center-fielder Dave Henderson for the final out.

Interestingly, not even a year later the Jays were no-hit once again, this time by hall-of-famer Nolan Ryan. In what marked his major-league record seventh ‘no-no’, Ryan — 44 at the time — struck out 16 Toronto batters, including Roberto Alomar, Devon White and Glenallen Hill three times apiece. It was Alomar’s third strikeout, in fact, that ended the contest — a 3-0 Texas victory.

Needless to say, Jae Seo is no Dave Stewart and he’s no Nolan Ryan. And if the Blue Jays hope to crawl back into contention this season, they’d better start acknowledging that.


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