The game ended in a 2-2 tie, but the Braves used nine different pitchers to twirl a ten-inning no-hitter against the Astros on Sunday afternoon. Cody Martin got the start and struck out three over two innings of work.
The Braves scored once in the first inning on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single. The Astros plated two in the seventh without a hit as pitcher Mauricio Cabrera loaded on two walks and a hit batsman. Runs then scored on consecutive ground outs to shortstop. The Braves tied it back up at two apiece in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Todd Cunningham.
The Astros were using a split squad, but the Braves faced the better squad which included Jose Altuve, Colby Rasmus, and Chris Carter.
All nine pitchers of record:
- Cody Martin: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Jim Johnson: 1 IP
- Josh Outman: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Brandon Cunniff: 1 IP
- Ian Thomas: 1 IP, 3 BB, 1 K
- Mauricio Cabrera: 1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB
- Lucas Sims: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Justin Jackson: 1 IP, 2 K
- Jairo Heredia: 1 IP, 1 K
- Total: 10 IP, 2 ER, 9 BB, 9 K
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.