Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Tim Melville made a name for himself with his splash back onto the Major League Baseball scene in 2019. Now he’s written himself into the history books in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan.
The 31-year-old Melville threw a 142-pitch no-hitter on Friday night for the Uni-Lions as they claimed a 13-0 victory. The right-hander became just the 11th pitcher in CPBL history to throw a no-hitter, and he did it with a high pitch count. According to CBS Sports, had Melville thrown a 142-pitch no-hitter in an MLB outing, it would have been the third-most pitches hurled in an MLB contest with no hits allowed.
Melville walked five batters and struck out 10 during his historic night. You can see the final at-bats with Melville on the mound below.
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Rockies fans remember Melville for coming onto the scene in September of 2019 and making a surprise start shortly after starting pitcher Jon Gray had seen his season come to a halt because of a foot fracture. Melville, a former fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals who worked at an Arizona barbecue restaurant before resurrecting his pitching career with the Rockies, threw seven innings of one-run ball to help the Rockies earn the win over the Diamondbacks and immediately become a fan favorite for the rest of the season.
Colorado, however, released Melville prior to the 2020 season and he continued his career in Taiwan. His pitching helped the Uni-Lions capture the 2020 CPBL championship.
And, of course, what do you do after throwing a no-hitter? If you’re Tim Melville, you dance.