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Nationals’ Max Scherzer pin-point control no-hits Pittsburgh, 6-0; MLB’s second this month

Max Scherzer MG 2010 by David on Flickr Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer coming off a one-hit shutout, made the next step with a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was the Washington Nationals second no-hitter in its history.

His no-hitter joins that of  San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Hesson, who no-hit the New York Mets on June 9 at Citi Field.

The 30-year-old right-hander, was dominating in recording 26 outs pitching a perfect game up to that point.

With the Pirates’ Jose Tabata at the plate and two strikes, Scherzer hit him with a pitch. Most radio and TV reports and replays showed that Tabata, a right-handed batter was leaning out over the plate to get hit with the pitch.

The next batter was the same batter who led off the game with an out, Josh Harrison. Harrison flied out to left field to end the game and send the crowd of 41,104 fans at Nationals Park home happy knowing they witnessed a historical moment.

Scherzer, who is almost always pitch-efficient in his starts, only threw 15 pitches after two innings. For the complete game effort, he threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes.

He finished with 10 strikeouts and improves his record to 8-5 on the season.

Losing pitcher for the Pirates was lefty Francisco Liriano, who is often the victim of lack of run support. He drops to 4-6.

 

Marlins looking for a “new voice” after firing manager Mike Redmond

Mike Redmond (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

With the 2015 baseball season moving along daily and certain teams getting off to slow starts, managers on the hot seat were a daily topic.

Ron Roenicke of the Milwaukee Brewers was rumored to be the first to get fired and he was.

The second name was Mike Redmond of the Miami Marlins due to the fact that management went out and made trades and spent money in the off-season to give the team a chance to challenge the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

On Sunday, Redmond learned his fate after a disappointing 16-22 start to the 2015 season. The Marlins also let his bench coach, Rob Leary go after the team was swept by the Braves.

The Marlins entered the season with high hopes, but got off to a 3-11 start. Miami then rebounded and improved to 12-12 on May 2. But since then, the club has played inconsistent , going 4-10 after the latest sweep by Atlanta.

The club will announce Redmond’s replacement at an 11 a.m. ET news conference on Monday and rumors suggest that the new manager could be Dusty Baker, former manager Jack McKeon, current third base coach Brett Butler, special assistant to the GM Jeff Conine. Tony Perez and Andre Dawson also work in the Marlins’ front office.

The 44-year-old Redmond, who replaced Ozzie Guillen after the 2012 season, had his contract extended through 2017 before the final game of 2014 where the Marlins improved by 15 wins, and finished 77-85.

The former major league catcher inherited a young team that went 62-100 in his first season. Overall, he finishes with a record of 155-207.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill said, ”Really, we’re just looking for a new voice.”

 

 

Reds get bullpen ready for September run by adding LHP Zach Duke

Zach Duke with Pirates in 2006 (photo by Rudi riet via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds are getting ready for the September stretch run by adding depth to the relief corps. The Reds have purchased the Triple-A contract of left-hander Zach Duke and sending right-handed rookie Nick Christiani back to Louisville, just ahead of Saturday’s Waiver Trade Deadline. To make room on the 40-man roster for Duke, the Reds designated right-handed pitcher Justin Freeman for assignment.

They have 10 days to trade, demote or release Freeman.

This move gives the Reds a more balanced bullpen. The Reds now have three  left-handers: Duke, Manny Parra and closer Aroldis Chapman.

The move also makes Duke eligible for the playoffs.

Duke, who is 30 years old, struggled with the Washington Nationals in the first few months of the season, posting an 8.71 ERA in 12 games and 20 2/3 innings before his June 10 release. He was a starter for the first six years of his big league career in Pittsburgh, then was used primarily in relief in Arizona in 2011 and with Washington in 2012, when he posted a 1.32 ERA in eight games before faltering this year.

Duke pitched very well with Triple-A Louisville,  going 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 26 games spanning 27 2/3 innings. He gave up only five walks while striking out 34.

He has a 50-75 won-loss record with an ERA of 4.64 and has struck out 558 batters.

Despite 1-0 loss to LA, Reds pitchers have banner day by striking out 20 Dodgers

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The Cincinnati Reds lost on Sunday to the LA Dodgers in 11 innings, 1-0.

But the pitching staff did all it could to keep the team in the game and give it a chance to win.

Starting with Tony Cingrani’s 11 strikeouts, Reds’ pitchers racked up a franchise record 20 on the day.

According to published reports, the left-handed Cingrani is the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven innings with 11 strikeouts with no more than one walk or hit since Johnny Vander Meer in 1941.

The day’s 20th strikeout broke a club record achieved five times, most recently on August 28, 2011, vs. the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers set a Los Angeles club record for strikeouts, with the previous mark being 18 set on May 2, 1995, in a 15-inning loss at their arch-rival San Francisco Giants.

Reds outfielder Chris Heisey getting ready for rehab stint with Pensacola

The Cincinnati Reds have been without the services of outfielder Chris Heisey since April 29. The 28-year-old outfielder, who is on the disabled list, is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Pensacola.

Chris Heisey (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Heisey, who was sharing left field with Xavier Paul during the absence of starter Ryan Ludwick, will be  heading to  Pensacola, Florida on Sunday. He was injured on April 27 in a game against the Washington Nationals. He not having a good year only batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.

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