Giants have considered Mike Morse, but may opt to get a left fielder via trade

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the Giants have considered free agent Mike Morse to fill their left field vacancy, but they think they can do a better job making a trade. Schulman added that he would not be surprised if the team made a trade over the upcoming winter meetings.

Morse spent most of the 2013 season with the Mariners, posting a .693 OPS in 307 trips to the plate. He missed over a month of time between mid-June and the end of July with a strained right quadriceps. On August 30, the Mariners traded him to the Orioles who were gearing up for a run at the AL Wild Card. However, he suffered from pain in his wrist and wasn’t able to contribute offensively. In October, he underwent surgery to repair bone spurs in his right wrist. Morse will turn 32 years old in March.

Rich Hill loses the no-hitter and the game via a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th

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UPDATE: Wow. Well, that’s over. Rich Hill, with 95 pitches under his belt, came out to pitch the 10th with the no-hitter still intact. The first batter he faced was Josh Harrison and Harrison deposited the fourth pitch he saw from Hill over the left field wall for a walkoff homer. It was the only hit allowed in the game.

Baseball, man.

UPDATE: Rich Hill is coming out for the 10th!

UPDATE: Man, ain’t this a thing? We have completed nine innings in Pittsburgh, and Rich Hill has tossed a no-hitter for those nine, with only that Logan Forsythe error marring it. But we’re heading into extra innings, however, because the Dodgers have been unable to score off Pirates pitchers either. It’s 0-0, babies! Hill is the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into extra-innings since Pedro Martinez did it on June 3, 1995. Martinez allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th inning in that game and left without a perfect game, or even a no-hitter, as theExpos beat the Padres 1-0.

Hill has thrown 95 pitches so he could, theoretically, come out in the 10th in an attempt to keep the no-no alive. We’ll see if Dave Roberts lets him.

UPDATE: The perfect game is over after Dodgers third baseman Logan Forsythe committed an error, allowing Jordy Mercer to reach. The n0-hitter is still intact, however.

UPDATE: He’s perfect through eight! He has ten strikeouts on the night. One more inning to go. And, of course, the Dodgers need to give him at least one run or else this thing doesn’t end in nine. Note: No Dodgers pitcher has tossed a perfecto since Sandy Koufax did it against the Chicago Cubs on September 9, 1965.

9:09 PM: Dodgers starter Rich Hill is facing off against the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight. And he’s not having any trouble with them: he’s absolutely perfect though seven innings. He’s needed 73 pitches to get that far, so if he can keep the perfection up he certainly has enough in the tank to finish it.

Thing is: he may not even get the win. That’s because Pirates starter Trevor Williams has blanked the Dodgers through eight, scattering seven hits and four walks yet, somehow, not allowing a run to score.

The Pirates are coming to bat in the bottom of the eighth. We’ll keep you posted.

Zach Britton’s consecutive saves streak has ended at 60

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On September 20, 2015, Zach Britton blew a save against the Rays. Little did he know that he wouldn’t blow another save until August 23, 2017, converting 60 consecutive save opportunities.

Britton took the mound with a 7-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. He yielded a single to Jed Lowrie, a double to Boog Powell, an RBI single to Marcus Semien, and a sacrifice fly to Matt Joyce to allow the A’s to close the two-run deficit. In the next at-bat, he uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Khris Davis before being removed from the game. Miguel Castro relieved Britton, but walked Ryon Healy on four pitches to load the bases. Castro wriggled out of the jam by getting Matt Olson to pop up and striking out Matt Chapman, stranding two of Britton’s runners.

Britton entered Wednesday’s action 11-for-11 in save chances on the season with a 2.88 ERA and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He missed two months earlier this season with a strained left forearm.