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.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.