Update (9:11 PM EDT): Jung Ho Kang broke up the no-hitter leading off the seventh inning, drilling a line drive to left field. It was misplayed by Christian Yelich, allowing Kang to go to second, but Kang was credited with a double.
Marlins pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has held the Pirates hitless through six innings thus far in Thursday night’s action. The Pirates were tied with the Cubs for the National League lead in on-base percentage at .354 entering Thursday’s action.
Chen has thrown 90 pitches, striking out five, walking two, and hitting a batter (Francisco Cervelli, who left the game).
Henderson Alvarez was the last Marlin to throw a no-hitter, doing so against the Tigers on September 29, 2013. The Pirates were last victims of a no-hitter on June 20 last year thanks to the Nationals’ Max Scherzer.
The Marlins have supported Chen with three runs of offense against Pirates starter Juan Nicasio. Miguel Rojas plated a run in the first on a squeeze bunt. In the third, Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run with a double, and J.T. Realmuto later hit a sacrifice fly.
We’ll keep you updated as Chen attempts to get through the final three innings.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).