9:18 PM: Wood lost his bid for a perfect game on a Carlos Ruiz double with no outs in the ninth. Still, a fine performance from a promising youngster on a first-place Reds team.
9:15 PM: Halladay held the Reds to one hit and zero runs in the top of the ninth inning. Wood will need to put in some extra work in order to secure a perfect game. One thing’s for sure: Reds manager Dusty Baker will have no problem leaving the 23-year-old rookie in for well over 120 pitches.
9:05 PM: Wood made it through the eighth inning unscathed and will head into the ninth with a chance to make history. The score is still 0-0, however, and Wood has thrown 92 pitches. He needs a little help from his offense.
8:58 PM: There’s an exceptional pitching duel going on right now in Philadelphia.
Reds youngster Travis Wood has thrown seven perfect innings with eight strikeouts in his third major league start and Phillies ace Roy Halladay has allowed only four hits over eight scoreless frames. The score is 0-0. We’ll keep you updated.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.