Update (9:47 PM EDT): It’s over. Zach Davies issued a one-out walk to Jed Lowrie, then watched Billy Butler drill a two-out, two-run home run to center field.
Brewers starter Zach Davies has no-hit the Athletics through six innings on Tuesday night at Miller Park. The right-hander has walked two and struck out five on 82 pitches. Davies entered Tuesday’s action with a 4.53 ERA and a 38/15 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings spanning nine starts.
The Brewers have supported Davies with five runs off of Athletics starter Sean Manaea, thanks to a two-run Chris Carter home run in the second inning and a three-run carter homer in the bottom of the sixth.
If Davies can make it through the final three innings without allowing a hit, he would become the first Brewer to throw a no-hitter since Juan Nieves no-hit the Orioles on April 15, 1987. The Athletics haven’t been no-hit since a combined no-no by the Orioles’ Bob Milwacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson on July 13, 1991.
We’ll keep you updated as Davies navigates through the final three frames.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.