CLEVELAND (AP) – Wade Miley had a temporary Hulk tattoo on his right forearm in his opening Friday against the Cleveland Indians. He did it at the request of Jeb, his 4-year-old son.
Perhaps you should consider making the tattoo permanent.
“I have no muscles at all,” Miley said with a smile. “So maybe he gave me some strength.”
Actually, he pitched like a superhero.
Miley pitched the second no-hitter recorded in the majors in the past three days, and the fourth this season, as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Indians 3-0 on Friday night.
Miley (4-2) drew on curves and her more than 11-year MLB experience to tie up the Indians for Cincinnati’s first no-hitter since Homer Bailey’s in 2013.
“It’s surreal,” said the 34-year-old pitcher.
The Indians have been hitless twice in a month.
Left-hander Miley had to wait 83 minutes longer for the game to start, due to the rain. He ended up joining John Means of the Baltimore Orioles, who had hit a no-hitter Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners.
Those performances were in addition to other pitching gems recorded in 2021, which is turning out the year of the no-hitter.
On April 9, Joe Musgrove had the first game without a hit in San Diego Padres history. Five days later, Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón shut out the Indians.
The only thing that prevented Rodon’s perfect game was a pitch to a batter in the ninth inning.
Madison Bumgarner of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitched a no-hitter, shortened to seven innings, on April 25 against the Atlanta Braves. However, this was not recognized as official, for not being nine episodes.
Doubleheader matches have been shortened as part of restrictions due to the pandemic.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, there has only been one season in MLB history in which four no-hitters were thrown before the end of May. In 1917, the fourth no-hitter of the season was thrown on May 5.
Major league hitters started Friday with a .233 average, the lowest in history.
For their part, the Indians joined an undesirable list. They are the 16th team to have been knocked out twice in the same season.
Seattle is the most recent club to experience this embarrassment, in 2019.
Miley walked and struck out eight on 114 pitches.
“He offered a pitching chair,” acknowledged Indians manager Terry Francona.
The left-hander controlled a Cleveland team that entered the series with just .213 in batting, but had won five in a row and nine of 11. The Indians got a runner on base until sixth, when Amed Rosario reached second. based on Nick Senzel’s error. In reality, Senzel was involved in two errors on the same play. Miley made 114 pitches.
Franmil Reyes was the closest to getting a hit for the Indians, but his strong hit in the fifth went right to shortstop Kyle Farmer, who stopped him and had plenty of time to shoot and put him out at first.
Miley, who started 1-4 in eight career starts against the Indians, had four strikeouts of the first nine outs he got in the game.
Miley is in her second season with Cincinnati. He also pitched for the Houston Astros, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Seattle Mariners, the Boston Red Sox and the Diamondbacks.
If Miley canceled the Indianss, Zach Plesac did the same for the Reds for eight innings, before Cincinnati scored three times in the ninth, thanks to a mistake and a balk from reliever Emmanuel Clase.
The Reds hit a pair of singles before Class (2-1) fielded a ground and threw wide to middle. Nick Senzel took the opportunity to score from second base.
Then, with runners on the corners, Clase began his windup before slowing down and throwing to second.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.