Adam Conley Pulled From No-Hitter, Marlins Fall Two Outs Short
With just four outs remaining in a potential no-hitter, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly ambled out of the dugout to a chorus of boos to pull his young lefty Adam Conley after 116 pitches. Conley, who was making just his 16th Major League start seemed upset in the dugout, but talked things over with his skipper as Jose Urena came on in relief.
Urena escaped the eighth with the no-hitter intact, but gave up a bloop single to Jonathan Lucroy that dropped just out of the reach of second basemen Derek Dietrich with one out in the ninth. Incredibly, the Brewers were able to rally from a 6-0 deficit without a single hit on the board to get the tying run on base against Marlins closer A.J. Ramos. Ramos struggled, but got Jonathan Villar to strike out on a 3-2 slider to end the game with Ryan Braun on deck.
Conley was the second pitcher this year to be pulled from a potential no-hitter in the eighth inning as Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers was removed from his Major League debut with a no-hitter going as well. The Dodgers failed to complete the no-hitter in that game as well.
Stripling has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, so one can understand the apprehension to let him continue on. Conley does not have a history of any arm trouble, but at the pace he was one, would have most likely topped 130 pitches if he was left in to complete the no-hitter.
Conley was a second round pick in 2011 out of Washington State University and was 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA coming into this start. His last Major League win came September 16, 2015 when he topped Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets.
In an added twist to this game, Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins grounded into a triple play in the fifth inning. It would have been the first time a triple play had been turned in a game that also had a no-hitter.
The last no-hitter in Marlins history was thrown by Henderson Alvarez, who no hit the Detroit Tigers in 2013.