Update (10:43 PM EST): Jimmy Rollins hit a deep fly ball to right field to lead off the ninth inning, but it was tracked down by Jake Marisnick. New Dodger Chase Utley hit another fly ball to Marisnick which required much less effort to corral. For the final out of the no-hitter, Fiers got Justin Turner to strike out to end the game.
In Fiers’ nine shutout, hitless innings, he walked three and struck out 10 on 134 pitches.
Update (10:25 PM EST): Fiers struck out Carl Crawford, Enrique Hernandez, and Joc Pederson consecutively to get through the eighth inning. He’s at 120 pitches and has struck out the last five batters he has faced.
Astros starter Mike Fiers has no-hit the Dodgers through seven innings. He has walked three and struck out six on 107 pitches.
The Astros have given Fiers three runs of support, coming on two home runs. Jake Marisnick went yard with a man aboard in the second inning against Brett Anderson, and Evan Gattis tacked on a solo shot off of Anderson in the sixth.
Fiers is attempting to become the first pitcher to complete a no-hitter for the Astros since Darryl Kyle on September 8, 1993. The Astros had a combined no-hitter involving Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner on June 11, 2003.
We’ll keep you updated as Fiers attempts to keep the Dodgers off the board in the final two innings. The Astros acquired Fiers along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers on July 30 in exchange for Domingo Santana and minor leaguers Brett Phillips, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser.
Right-hander Mat Latos has allowed 12 runs in 14.2 innings for the Dodgers since they acquired him from the Marlins on July 30 and now he’s being demoted to the bullpen.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers will skip Latos’ next two turns in the rotation, taking advantage of the schedule allowing them to use a four-man rotation for two weeks. Alex Wood, not Latos, will be the fourth starter during that time behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Brett Anderson.
For now Latos’ next start is penciled in for August 29. Not quite how he probably envisioned things going with free agency around the corner.
The current Dodgers team has two amazing starters and then . . . not so amazing starters afterward. Indeed, Clayton Kershaw has a 2.39 ERA and is threatening to strike out 300 guys this year. Zack Greinke has a 1.59 ERA and started the All-Star Game. The rest of the Dodgers starters? Nice guys all, I’m sure, but a bit of a work in progress.
The 1948 Braves are the most famous example of this dynamic, with Hall of Famer Warren Spahan and 24-game winner Johnny Sain leading them to the NL pennant that year. As those two carried the team down the stretch, Gerald Hern of the Boston Post worte a nice little poem about then. It’s often misquoted, so here’s the whole thing.
First we’ll use Spahn
then we’ll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
by two days of rain.
This morning I noted that the old “Spahn and Sain and two days of rain” thing could apply to the Dodgers, but that it’s hard to come up with rhymes for “Kershaw” or “Greinke.” Thankfully, you commenters and some folks on Twitter helped me out. None of you are as eloquent as Hern, but I applaud your efforts all the same:
And then we have the Twitter replies:
And finally, my favorite:
My apologies to Brett Anderson, Mat Latos and Alex Wood. None of whom truly deserve this abuse, but all of whom will readily agree, I hope, that Kershaw and Greinke are a tad better than them.