Braves right-hander Shelby Miller is working on a no-hitter through seven innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks, though his pitch count sits at 102 heading into the eighth. We’ll pass along updates as the 24-year-old tries to finish this thing off — if Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez lets him finish it off.
Miller has walked four and struck out 10 over his seven hitless frames. He’s going to have to be pretty efficient from here to complete his first career no-no.
UPDATE, 3:46 PM ET: Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the top of the eighth inning and dropped a bloop single into shallow right-center field to end Shelby’s no-hit bid. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a hard-hit single off the glove of Braves second baseman Jace Peterson. That pushed Miller from the game with zero outs in the eighth, and Ahmed then scored on a fielder’s choice against Braves reliever Ross Detwiler to strip Miller of a possible win.
Shelby holds a stellar 2.43 ERA in 152 innings this year, but he hasn’t earned a win since May 17.
On the same day they official signed right-hander Jason Frasor the Braves have added a second veteran reliever, agreeing to terms with left-hander Ross Detwiler after he was released by the Rangers.
Detwiler pitched horribly in Texas, going 0-5 with a 7.12 ERA in 43 games, but from 2009-2014 he posted a 3.82 ERA in 471 innings for the Nationals while filling rotation and bullpen roles.
At age 29 he’s a worthwhile flier for the Braves to take as they try to add some veteran-ness to a bullpen that just lost closer Jason Grilli for the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Left-hander Ross Detwiler passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Rangers last week and has been released.
Detwiler turned down an assignment to Triple-A and will instead hit the open market after allowing 37 runs in 43 innings for the Rangers. He previously had a solid six-season run with the Nationals, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen with a 3.82 ERA in 471 total innings.
Now that the Rangers are on the hook for his entire $3.45 million salary Detwiler should draw some interest in a middle relief role, but the 29-year-old may need to put together some good outings at Triple-A first.