Christian Vázquez earns an inordinate piece of history without success

PHILADELPHIA — As the rest of the baseball world argued over the relative merits of a combined no-hitter, the man who combined with no one to catch him signed a baseball bound for the Hall of Fame. .

Christian Vázquez, does a combined no-hitter count as a no-hitter?

He smiles. “It’s a no-hitter,” he said.

One day, perhaps, fans will remember that 5-0 Astros win in a World Series Game 4 slog only because it tied the series at two games apiece. Cristian Javier dazzled the Phillies in six innings, Bryan Abreu knocked out all three batters he faced, Rafael Montero was perfect for a frame and Ryan Pressly worked around a walk to finish it.

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