Major League Baseball’s no-hitter parade continues.
Two days later John Means cast a no-hitter and near-perfect game for the Baltimore OriolesCincinnati’s Wade Miley closed Cleveland goals because of his own no-hitter in the Reds’ 3-0 win at the Battle of Ohio on Friday night.
Miley struck eight and went one while throwing 114 pitches to record his first unsuccessful career and Cincinnati’s first since Homer Bailey hid the San Francisco Giants on July 2, 2013.
It was the 17th no-hitter in the Reds franchise history and the fourth no-hitter of the 2021 season – the fifth if Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-no for the Arizona Diamondbacks is included. It’s the second time this season that Cleveland hasn’t been hit.
No Cleveland pitcher has thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981. It is that longest current series without no-hitters in baseball.
But while the no-hitter was playing, the scoreboard remained 0-0 through eight innings. The Reds’ offensive had only managed three hits of their own until Nick Senzel drove off ninth with an infield single. Jesse Winker followed left with a single to put the runners in first and second place. And then the wheels fell off for Cleveland helper Emmanuel Clase. His throwing error in choosing Nick Castellanos’ outfield enabled Senzel to score. He then bristled against Mike Moustakas, allowing Winker to score and Castellanos to advance to second place. Moustakas followed left with a single to meet Castellanos.
Cleveland had one last chance to get on the board at the end of ninth place, but Rene Rivera scored to the right for the first time, Cesar Hernandez scored and Jordan Luplow fell short to finish the game.
Miley has relied on his move and cutter this season, but it cost every seat he made on Friday, including those that Miley has stayed away from in a few games this season.
When Miley’s move is best, he’s said he can sneak into his fastball late when it comes to outs. Against Cleveland, Miley made a change in four of his top five places. The field worked and Miley got three outs with his fastball over the first two innings.
During his second assignment, Miley used his secondary pitches to get the biggest outs in the inning. In the fifth inning, he took Cleveland’s first two hits with Cutters late in the count and ended the inning with a curveball, which Cleveland midfielder Harold Ramirez rolled over for a groundout.
In the sixth, Miley got two more groundouts with his cutter. He lost his perfect game after second baseman Senzel failed to finish the game on a sharp ground ball in the middle, but Miley held the no-hitter in place with a fastball that Cleveland right fielder Luplow straightened to the right.
Contributor: The Cincinnati Enquirer