Matt Moore's pitch for no-hitter falls just short

The Giants hadn’t yet thrown their annual no-hitter heading into Thursday. They had a four-year streak going, and Matt Moore was looking to make it five. The fact this one would be against the Dodgers during a pennant race, and the first by a Giants pitcher against a Dodgers team in 101 years (Rube Marquard in 1915), made the possibility even more (Moore?) delicious.Moore hadn’t gone longer than six innings in his first four starts with the Giants after being acquired from the Rays at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. For No. 5, he was determined to go nine, no matter how many pitches he needed. MORE: Greatest individual pitching featsIn fact, he needed 119 just to get to the ninth. On his second pitch of the final frame, he set a career high. With modern teams concerned about pitcher workloads, and given Moore’s Tommy John history, the fact he was trying to do it the old-fashioned way was … mildly surprising, yet refreshing. “I talked to him,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “He said he was fine. It’s hard to deny a guy who’s been around, a veteran, a chance to make history.””They used to not count pitches, right?” Moore said, per the San Jose Mercury News. “I appreciate the skip telling me we’d go for it.”Once it became clear Bochy was going to give Moore a chance to finish, all we could do was sit back and count the pitches and, hopefully, the outs.Moore threw 14 pitches in the inning. He only got two outs.MORE: Vin Scully has no rival, not even Giants broadcastersOn Pitch 123 of the night, Kike Hernandez hit a liner to left-center that Giants center fielder Denard Span kept off the turf with a sliding catch. Out No. 1.On Pitch 130, Howie Kendrick hit a routine grounder to third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Out No. 2.On Pitch 133, Corey Seager … dumped a bloop single to right field in front of Gorkys Hernandez, who had come on for Hunter Pence.If Pen

ce were still out there, he probably would have gone full Superman, because that’s who he is. He probably would have come up short, too, but it would have made for even more drama.MORE: A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw stunned by trade of popular catcherSo there they were. The first hit. Drama over.Bochy came to get Moore. There was still one more out to get, a ballgame to win. Bochy brought in his closer, Santiago Casilla.Casilla needed exactly one pitch. Justin Turner hit a popup to second baseman Joe Panik, who squeezed it for out No. 27.A 134-pitch, 4-0 shutout that missed being a no-hitter by a few feet was complete.