Update (12:16 PM EDT): Kole Calhoun led off the seventh with a ground ball single to left field, ending Walker’s no-hit bid.
Taijuan Walker has tossed six innings without allowing a hit to the Angels thus far on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. He was perfect through 5 2/3 innings, but shortstop Ketel Marte made a poor throw in the dirt to first baseman Dan Vogelbach on what would’ve been the final out of the sixth inning.
Walker has struck out seven and thrown 79 pitches in total. His offense has provided him plenty of run support: eight runs, including four which came on a Seth Smith grand slam in the top half of the sixth.
Hisashi Iwakuma was the last member of the Mariners to toss a no-no, achieving it on August 12, 2015 against the Orioles. The Angels haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since the Twins’ Eric Milton accomplished the feat on September 11, 1999.
We’ll keep you updated as Walker attempts to pitch his way through the final three innings.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.