Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco returns from disabled list

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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been activated from the disabled list after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with an oblique injury.

Cincinnati traded Ryan Hanigan to the Rays this winter in large part because they wanted to clear the path for Mesoraco to take over as the starting catcher at age 25. Brayan Pena started four of the six games in his absence and fill-in backup Tucker Barnhart–great baseball name!–is heading back to Triple-A after starting twice.

This is a big season for Mesoraco. He was once a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 25 years old and has hit just .225 with a .641 OPS through 175 career games.

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.