One of the worst lineups in baseball strikes again
For the second time this season, Cleveland failed to muster even a single hit through nine innings of baseball. Wade Miley — I repeat, WADE MILEY — pitched a no-hitter Friday night in a 3-0 win to secure a share of the Ohio Cup for the Cincinnati Reds.
Cleveland’s lineup simply could not put a barrel to the ball against Wade Miley, who had them flailing at the plate and making weak contact with a combination of his fastball and changeup. Cleveland put 19 balls in play and only three of them left the infield. They didn’t even have a baserunner until the sixth inning, when Amed Rosario reached base due to an error. Cesar Hernandez followed with a two-out walk to break up the perfect game, but Jordan Luplow lined out to left field to end the inning. They never had another baserunner after that.
Zach Plesac kept Cleveland in the game with his best start of the season. He had great command of his pitches and he averaged 94.3 mph on his fastball, reaching as high as 96 mph. He recorded seven strikeouts in eight scoreless innings of work, but he was also a groundball machine. Of the 20 balls the Reds put in play, 14 of them were groundballs. Plesac walked none and only surrendered three hits on the night. Unfortunately, his team provided no run support.
Emmanuel Clase took over in the ninth and had a complete meltdown. Nick Senzel reached base on a line drive that ricocheted off Clase’s foot, before Jesse Winker followed with a sharp line drive to left field to put runners on first and second with no outs. Clase induced an infield chopper from Nick Castellanos and tried to turn two but no one was covering second base. He threw to Rosario anyway, who wasn’t ready for it, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Clase then balked in a run before giving up an RBI single to Mike Moustakas, giving up three runs without recording an out.
Phil Maton relieved Clase and promptly struck out all three batters he faced.
No-hit twice in the span of less than a month. Unreal.