Royals' Matheny livid after rainless delay interrupts Bubic's no-hit bid
Bubic held the Chicago Cubs hitless through six innings at Wrigley Field but was forced to sit during a 30-plus-minute weather delay. He walked the first batter and gave up a two-run homer to Patrick Wisdom when he returned.
"That's just a shame that he wasn't able to keep rolling there. I've never seen anything like that, and it's an embarrassment I think to the game, to have something as special going on as what we were witnessing right there," Matheny told Bally Sports Kansas City postgame.
He added: "You pull us off that field, that rain better hit us, or something better happen worse than what happened.
"I feel for the kid. Not too many people in a lifetime have an opportunity to take a run (at a no-hitter) like he just did. I hope there's some sort of follow-up, because that just can't happen like that."
The Cubs announced the delay was due to lightning in the area. Fans were instructed to take cover during the stoppage.
Matheny questioned whether the situation would have played out the same if it was a Cubs pitcher who was flirting with history.
"It is what it is, but (the rule) needs to be fixed, because it's wrong," he said.
Though he didn't get the no-hitter, Bubic earned his fourth win of the season by allowing two runs and striking out a career-high nine over 6 1/3 innings in the 4-2 victory. He's still yet to throw a complete game in the majors.
Bret Saberhagen threw the Royals' most recent no-hitter in 1991.