Update (6:24 PM ET): And it’s over. Gerardo Parra broke up the no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning with a ground-rule double to left-center field.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu has held the Nationals hitless through seven innings on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The lefty has thrown 98 pitches in total, striking out eight while walking one batter.
The Dodgers’ offense has provided Ryu with two runs of support. The first run came in the second inning on a Corey Seager sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Alex Verdugo knocked in a run with a ground out. Both runs were charged to Stephen Strasburg.
Ryu is aiming to become the first Dodger to throw a no-hitter by himself since Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014. The Dodgers had a combined no-hitter on May 4 last year against the Padres, when Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi García, and Adam Liberatore combined to accomplish the feat. The Nationals/Expos were last victims of a no-hitter when David Cone threw a perfect game on July 18, 1999. If Ryu is able to close out the final two innings without allowing a hit, he would have the second no-hitter of the season — the second, in fact, in six days. Mike Fiers of the Athletics no-hit the Reds last Tuesday.
Ryu entered Sunday’s action 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and a 45/2 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. We’ll keep you updated as he attempts to get the final six outs of the ballgame without allowing a hit.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”