Rockies starter Chad Bettis loses his no-hitter in the eighth inning

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Update (9:02 PM EST): Bettis struck out Maikel Franco to begin the eighth inning, but lost his no-hitter to Cody Asche, who hit a weak ground ball through the left side of infield as the Rockies deployed a shift to the right side.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis has no-hit the Phillies through seven innings in Friday night’s start. He had a perfect game through six, but lost it on a Ben Revere line drive which was deflected by Bettis and was unable to be corralled by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki was charged with an error by the official scorer.

Bettis, 26, is making his fourth start of the season. In 88 2/3 career major league innings, he has a 6.29 ERA with a 58/36 K/BB ratio.

We’ll keep you updated as Bettis attempts to maintain his no-hitter over the final two innings.

Coincidentally, today is the five-year anniversary of Roy Halladay’s perfect game against the Florida Marlins. The Phillies were also no-hit by Josh Beckett and the Dodgers just over a year ago.

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: