The group of seven

Jim Clancy, Dave Stieb, David Cone, Dave Stieb, Roy Halladay, Dave Stieb.
With a brilliant performance Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, 25-year-old Dustin McGowan joined that Jays’ group of ‘oh so close’ hurlers who have had a no-hitter spoiled in the ninth inning. Colorado’s Jeff Baker was the culprit on Sunday, lining a single up the middle to open the final frame. McGowan managed to retire the next three hitters though, picking up his first complete game victory in the process.
Stieb_1Stieb, of course, is the most famous in this group since he had three close calls — including two in one week. But perhaps McGowan can take solace in the fact that Stieb, on September 2, 1990, finally sealed the deal, tossing the first and only no-hitter in Blue Jays franchise history …
Having taken something away from his first three near-misses, Stieb noted after the game, “I wasn’t living and dying on every pitch [today] because when I’ve thought about no-hitters in the past it’s always been too soon.” However, that didn’t stop Jays fans from thinking about it as the afternoon rolled along. Despite issuing a trio of walks, Stieb entered the bottom of the ninth inning at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium with his no-hitter intact.
Leading 3-0, the Jays’ right-hander retired pinch-hitter Chris James on a fly out, then got Candy Maldonado to strike out swinging. Following a two-out walk to Alex Cole, Jerry Browne lined a ball to right-fielder Junior Felix, who made the catch to give Stieb his long-overdue no-hitter.

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