In the long storied history of major league baseball there has never been a triple play and a no-hitter in the same ballgame, and after last night there still isn’t… although the Brewers and Marlins came close … within 2 outs close.
The first leg of this unique combination took place in the top of the 5th when Marlin center fielder Marcell Ozuna hit a sharp grounder to Brewer third baseman Aaron Hill, who stepped on the third to start the 5-4-3 triple play. The 7th in Brewer history.
As far as the “No-No” 25 year old Miami starter Adam Conley had the Brewers right where he wanted them, off the bases. Conley worked out of some trouble in the 4th when Domingo Santana reached on an error, and both Villar and Braun walked to load the bases. After the next batter, Lucroy struck out, and Chris Carter hit into a double play, the no hitter was still intact.
Conley rolled through the next two innings, but after two outs in the 7th, his 116th pitch of the game walked Chris Carter, and that was it. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he had no reservations about pulling Conley:
“I knew he couldn’t finish, we weren’t going to let him finish, that was real easy, actually.”
There was still the chance for Miami to pull off a “team no-hitter” which would’ve been the first in the MLB since 2014. Jose Urena came into relieve Conley, and did get out of the 7th, and the 8th, but, with 1 out in ninth Brewer backstop Jonathan Lucroy blooped a single into right field just past the outstretched glove of Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich. Lucroy figured the ball would be caught:
“I, was like, yeah this guy is definitely catching this ball as I’m running to first… I guess it kinda just snuck past, (I) hit it hard enough.”
The Crew ended up making a game of it, getting 4 hits in the ninth, knocking out Urena for A.J. Ramos, scoring 3 runs, and actually had a chance to win the game with a walk off grand slam. That didn’t happen as the Marlins took the first game of this 3 game series 6-3. Both teams will go at it again tonight.
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