Shelby Miller had a no-hitter going until there were two outs in the ninth inning, and the Braves got a five-run second inning. So, no, the ballgame wasn’t particularly close. In a three-game sweep, the Braves outscored PURE EVIL 16-6, and it may have been the best three-game stretch of starting pitching all season. To wit:
The only earned run given up by either Julio Teheran or Alex Wood was a leadoff home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the third inning — same spot, both games — and Miller obviously didn’t give up a blessed thing. Both Teheran and Wood are still serving up too many home runs, but it was a good sign that both managed to avoid a big inning. Notably, the Marlins never scored more than a single run in any inning of the series.
The Marlins believed that they could contend for the playoffs this year, and things have not remotely gone according to plan. They’re 16-22, and the Braves are the single biggest reason for the season’s disappointment, as the Braves have swept them twice at home in the first two months of the season, going 7-2 against the Marlins overall. The Marlins were so disappointed by this latest loss that they announced the firing of manager Mike Redmond immediately after the game.
This was the second complete-game shutout of fewer than 100 pitches in Shelby Miller’s last three starts. He is really, really good.