Update (9:02 PM EST): Bettis struck out Maikel Franco to begin the eighth inning, but lost his no-hitter to Cody Asche, who hit a weak ground ball through the left side of infield as the Rockies deployed a shift to the right side.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis has no-hit the Phillies through seven innings in Friday night’s start. He had a perfect game through six, but lost it on a Ben Revere line drive which was deflected by Bettis and was unable to be corralled by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki was charged with an error by the official scorer.
Bettis, 26, is making his fourth start of the season. In 88 2/3 career major league innings, he has a 6.29 ERA with a 58/36 K/BB ratio.
We’ll keep you updated as Bettis attempts to maintain his no-hitter over the final two innings.
Coincidentally, today is the five-year anniversary of Roy Halladay’s perfect game against the Florida Marlins. The Phillies were also no-hit by Josh Beckett and the Dodgers just over a year ago.
With an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning against Rockies reliever Chad Bettis on Friday, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 26 consecutive games. Goldschmidt finished the 2013 season with hits in 19 consecutive games and has hit in seven consecutively to begin the 2014 season.
Last season, Rockies outfielder and NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer hit in 27 consecutive games between May 28 and June 30. Nationals center fielder Denard Span hit in 29 consecutively between August 17 and September 18. Luis Gonzalez holds the Diamondbacks record with hits in 30 consecutive games, accomplished between April 11 and May 18 in 1999. Only 55 players in Major League history have hit in 30 or more consecutive games, which is barely more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record of 56 games.
The Rockies may have the most interesting and unintentionally hilarious roster going into Opening Day. They’ll carry 14 pitchers, including two that are injured (Jhoulys Chacin and Boone Logan, who don’t count against the 25-man limit), as well as two catchers, only five infielders, and six (six!) outfielders.
The rotation will include Jorge De La Rosa, Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, and Franklin Morales. The bullpen will have LaTroy Hawkins, Rex Brothers, Wilton Lopez, Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Chad Bettis, and Tommy Kahnle.
Jordan Pacheco will be the back-up to Wilin Rosario at catcher. Justin Morneau, D.J. LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, and Nolan Arenado make up the starting infield, while Charlie Culberson will be the utility man. The starting outfield will include Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs, and Michael Cuddyer, while Charlie Blackmon,Corey Dickerson, and Brandon Barnes will be the reserves.