Johnny Vander Meer’s likely unbreakable record of back-to-back no-hitters in 1938 was safe moments after Wade Miley returned to the mound on Friday for the first start since his no-no on May 7.
On Miley’s second pitch vs. the Rockies at Coors Field, Garrett Hampson hit a triple to left field. It was the first of 11 hits the left-hander gave up — along with eight earned runs — over only three-plus innings during the Reds’ 9-6 loss. Last Friday at Cleveland, he pitched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts for a 3-0 win.
Last week’s gem required flawless execution of pitches from Miley, weak contact from hitters and a lot of luck. This time, Miley only got the weak contact and had little else going for him.
“I felt better tonight than I felt seven days ago, 100 percent,” Miley said. “I think that was a little bit to a fault, because I tried to do a little too much probably with my cutter and I could not command it. And the changeup wasn’t there. The big thing tonight for me was the changeup wasn’t there. Never really got a feel for it. Threw it in stupid counts and just didn’t locate it well. Tried to force the issue a little bit and it wasn’t a good pitch for me tonight.”
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