There’s some history developing in Miami …
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just one walk and no hits through seven innings against the Marlins and he’ll carry a pitch count of just 73 into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Atlanta has a 6-0 lead.
We’ll provide updates as he tries to finish this off.
EIGHTH INNING: Miller got flyouts from Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, and then Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a nice play on a soft grounder from Ichiro Suzuki for the third out of the eighth inning. Miller will carry a no-hitter into the ninth. And he’s thrown only 80 pitches. This may happen.
NINTH INNING: Miller induced an easy groundout from Adeiny Hechavarria for the first out of the ninth. And then an easy flyout to center field from Jhonatan Solano for the second out of the ninth. But, look at that, pitch-hitter Justin Bour ended the fun with a hard single up the middle with just one out to go.
Back to your regularly-scheduled programming.
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.