Cincinnati Reds’ Wade Miley confuses the Cleveland Indians with the fourth no-hitter of 2021
Wade Miley threw baseball’s second no-hitter in three days – and the fourth this season – and led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians for the second time in a month on Friday night Hit.
Miley (4-2) relied on field breaking and 11+ major league seasons to stun the Indians and throw Cincinnati’s first no-hitter since Homer Bailey in 2013.
“It feels surreal,” said the 34-year-old.
The left-handed shook off an 83-minute rain delay to start the game in Cleveland, following Baltimore’s John Means, who failed to hit Seattle on Wednesday, to continue an early streak of pitching gems in 2021 – and quickly became the year of the no- No.
Joe Musgrove of San Diego started the 21er no-hitter club by throwing the first in Padres history on April 9th. Five days later, Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon incapacitated the Indians, missing just one perfect game when he hit a batsman in the ninth inning.
Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner tossed a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta on April 25, but it is not recognized as official because there have not been nine innings.
Wade Miley on the 17th Cincinnati no-hitter and the first since Homer Bailey in 2013: “It feels surreal.” Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
This is the earliest time in a calendar year that there have been four no-hitters since 1917, when the fourth was thrown on May 5th and the fifth on May 6th, and only the second season in MLB history that four no-hitters before the end of May, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research. No wonder: Hitters started Friday with a record low of 0.233 this season.
Miley was in control from the start. He rolled through five innings and carried a perfect game into the sixth when he began to realize that history could be made.
One of the team’s favorite players, Miley, said the zeros on the scoreboard quickly made him an outcast in Cincinnati’s dugout.
“All my friends left me,” he said with a laugh. “I do not like it. I don’t like to think about pitching. I want to talk about something else, talk about fishing, talk about hitting. There was no one to talk to. ”
Round ninth, Miley retired with a lazy flight to the right, knocking out Cesar Hernandez and pulling Jordan Luplow back to third on a grounder before being attacked by the Reds who circled him and across the grass danced.
“I’ll never forget that,” said Reds manager David Bell. “I’ll never forget the look on Wade’s face.” I am so glad that he is enjoying every moment. ”
After the game, Miley credited his 4-year-old son Jeb for persuading him to put a temporary tattoo of the Hulk on his left forearm before his start against the Indians.
“I have no muscles at all,” Miley said with a smile. “Maybe that gave me some strength.”
The Indians, for their part, joined a dodgy list by becoming the 16th team to go straight twice in the same season. It last happened in Seattle in 2019.
Miley scored one and hit eight on 114 squares.
“He threw us off balance,” said Indian manager Terry Francona [mph] once tonight, but he’s set up a clinic. I mean, he cut the ball in the right hand, made a change, threw in a four-seater; he just went back and forth. ”
After Miley joined Rodon and Means at the Southpaw no-hit club in 2021, 1990 was the last season with three left-handed no-hitters (Randy Johnson, Fernando Valenzuela and Terry Mulholland), according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.
While Miley blocked out the Indians, Zach Plesac did the same for eight innings with the Reds before Cincinnati crossed three runs in the ninth run, aided by Emmanuel Clase’s throwing error and an obstacle.
The Reds got a pair of singles before Clase (2: 1) set up an infield tapper and threw second base wide, so Nick Senzel could score from second place. Then, with runners on the corners, Clase started tearing up before stopping and attempting to throw into second place.
Mike Moustakas, who initially started for the injured Joey Votto, followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 and gave Miley, who struggled with injuries last season after moving to the Reds, more cushion – but also more time thinking about the dugout.
“That was probably when I felt it the most,” said the Louisian, who got emotional after thinking about the family back home. “We scratched over three runs and it was pretty slow. I didn’t want to throw in the hallway because I was pretty tired, but at the same time I wanted to stay relaxed. But I could get three pretty fast.”
Miley came in eight career starts just 4-1 against the Indians, who only beat .213 as a team. But Cleveland was as hot as any other team, driving a five-game winning streak and winning nine of eleven to be the first to take over the American League Central.
Miley worked quickly on a cool, damp night and did quick work with the Indians.
He rolled through five innings and didn’t allow a baserunner until the sixth when Cleveland’s Amed Rosario hit second baseman Senzel’s field error and then moved to second place due to his throwing error.
Miley allowed a walk in the inning too, but he regrouped by getting Luplow onto a liner to the left.
Franmil Reyes was the closest to the Indians’ hit, but his hard blow in the fifth inning was right at shortstop Kyle Farmer, who knocked him down and had ample time to knock the lazy bat out.
It was the Reds’ 17th no-hitter since 1892.
“I have no words for this to happen,” Miley said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.