A minor league baseball team lived up to their name on Saturday after pulling of an embarrassing feat. The Rocket City Trash Pandas threw a no-hitter and still managed to give up seven runs in a loss.
The epic defeat came after a last inning collapse where the Pandas allowed all seven of those baserunners to cross home. Baseball fans are now reacting to the awful display online.
Now, we’ve seen no-hit losses before, but this one might take the cake as the worst.
The Trash Pandas took on the Chattanooga Lookouts on Saturday in a doubleheader. Game 1 provided viewers with the odd no-hit result.
Rocket City took a three-run lead into the seventh and final frame as they looked to put a bow on an impressive pitching performance. Unfortunately, the wheels came off in the last inning.
Flamethrower Ben Joyce entered the game hoping to close out the win with a no-hitter still intact. He accomplished neither. Joyce walked the bases loaded, then walked a run in with two outs in the inning.
The next batter appeared to end the game on a routine flyout, but the centerfielder dropped the ball to keep the action going. Three runs scored on the error, giving Chattanooga a 4-3 lead.
So Ben Joyce just misses closing out the no hitter.
Next pitch E8 in CF, 3 runs score it’s a 4-3 game and the no hitter is still intact#Angels pic.twitter.com/H6b6GzSWdm
— Jared Tims (@Jared_Tims) April 8, 2023
Eric Torres came in to relieve Joyce and proceeded to plunk the next three batters. He then walked a fourth hitter and threw a wild pitch as the Lookouts extended their lead to 7-3.
Rocket City plated a pair in the bottom of the inning, but they’d eventually lose, 7-5.
Fans were quick to comment on the no-hit loss on social media.
One person wrote, “Defense loses championships,” while another said, “This is actually impressive.”
This follower wasn’t surprised as he pointed out the team’s nickname by saying, “They aren’t called the trash pandas for no reason.”
What a nightmare end to what could’ve been an impressive no-hitter.