Bartolo Colon nearly made history Sunday night.
The 44-year-old Rangers pitcher was perfect through seven innings against the Astros before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to leadoff the eighth inning. Colon lost his no-hit bid the following at-bat when Josh Reddick smacked a double to right field on an 0-2 count.
Colon was pulled two outs later after giving up a SAC fly to lose his shutout as well. He was embraced by teammates and coaches upon returning to the dugout.
At 44 years and 326 days old, Big Sexy would have been the oldest pitcher in history to record a perfect game or a no-hitter.
Nolan Ryan (44 years, 90 days) is the oldest player to throw a no-hitter and Randy Johnson (40 years, 252 days) is the oldest player to throw a perfect game.
Colon struck out seven and gave up one earned run through 7.2 innings. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.
Prior to Sunday, Colon’s longest no-hit bid throughout his 21-year career came with the Indians on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the Yankees hitless for 7.1 innings.
Colon signed a 1-year, minor league deal with the Rangers this past offseason. Despite Colon being a fan favorite in Flushing, the Mets didn’t consider bringing Big Sexy back to Citi Field.
Colon struggled with the Braves and Twins last season, finishing with a 7-14 record and a 6.48 ERA.
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