Derek Lowe loses no-hitter in seventh against Marlins

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8:50 p.m. EDT update: no no-no for Lowe.  Greg Dobbs singled off the glove of a diving Alex Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.  Even if Gonzalez had managed to grab it, he would have had a tough time throwing Dobbs out at on the play.

With the no-hitter gone, it will be interesting to see if Lowe comes back out.  He hasn’t pitched into the eighth this year.

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8:55 p.m. EDT update: Lowe didn’t even survive the seventh.  Following a second single and a two-out walk to load the bases, he was pulled in favor of Eric O’Flaherty.

Maybe there is something to that jinx thing after all.

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For the second time this season, Derek Lowe has pitched six no-hit innings.  He’s taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Marlins with the Braves up 2-0.

Lowe previously pitched six hitless innings against the Phillies on May 6.  He was pulled from that one after allowing back-to-back hits to begin the seventh, but he still got the victory as the Braves prevailed 5-0.

Lowe hasn’t pitched a complete game since 2008, so the odds are really stacked against him here.  He has one no-hitter to his credit, that coming for the Red Sox against the Devil Rays on April 27, 2002.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”