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Jordan Lyles loses bid for perfect game with one out in eighth inning against Rockies

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Update (5:28 PM ET): Lyles struck out Carlos Gonzalez, but Trevor Story then broke up the perfect game bid with a single to left field. The strikeout of Gonzalez was his 10th of the afternoon, matching a career-high. Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and was relieved by Kirby Yates, who struck out Tony Wolters. Brad Hand then came in, walking Charlie Blackmon to load the bases, then got Ian Desmond to line out to center to end the inning. Lyles’ final line: 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K on 85 pitches.

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Update (5:18 PM ET): In the top of the seventh, Lyles struck out David Dahl, got Gerardo Parra to fly out to left field, then got Nolan Arenado to ground out to third. Lyles is perfect through seven. He has thrown 72 pitches.

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Padres starter Jordan Lyles has set down 18 consecutive Rockie batters over six innings thus far in Tuesday afternoon’s start at Petco Park. He has struck out eight while throwing just 62 pitches.

Eric Hosmer provided some early run support for Lyles, lifting a two-run home run to right-center field in the first inning against Rockies starter German Marquez. Christian Villanueva added two more runs with a home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth.

Lyles, 27, has had a rough career, entering the 2018 season with an aggregate 5.43 ERA across parts of seven seasons with the Astros and Rockies. He has been solid for the Padres this season, entering Tuesday’s action with a 3.28 ERA with a 22/8 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings across one start and 13 relief appearances.

Major League Baseball hasn’t seen a perfect game since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat on August 15, 2012 against the Rays. The Padres have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game. The Rockies were last no-hit by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014. They haven’t been on the bad end of a perfect game. The 2018 season has already seen three no-hitters from Sean Manaea and James Paxton, as well as a combined no-hitter from Walker Buehler and the Dodgers’ bullpen.

We’ll keep you updated as Lyles attempts to stay perfect over the final three innings.

Major League Baseball to launch an elite league for high schoolers

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This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.

The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.

As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.