UPDATE: He did it! He did it! Halladay retired 27 of 27 Marlins hitters and just completed the 20th perfect game in MLB history. It is the second in Phillies history.
UPDATE: Halladay is now perfect through eight innings with 10 total strikeouts. He’s up to 103 pitches, but high pitch counts have never really bothered the workhorse right-hander.
8:58pm: Let’s go ahead and reel in some of you folks who are locked in on NBC’s Stanley Cup finals coverage or the NBA Playoffs. We may have a historic night in south Florida, as Phillies starter Roy Halladay has a perfect game through seven innings against the Marlins.
He has fanned nine batters without allowing a walk or a hit. The former Toronto ace has never thrown a no-no, never mind a perfect game. We’ll have updates as he continues toward history.
Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.
Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.
Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.
Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.