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Wade Miley stuns Indians with second no-hitter against them in 23 days

Wade Miley Reds no-hitter

For the second time this season, the Cleveland Indians were on the losing side of a no-hitter. Cincinnati’s Wade Miley threw 114 pitches and cashed in on eight strikeouts in Friday’s 3-0 win at Progressive Field, as the Reds found three runs of support for their starter in the top of the ninth inning.

Miley actually had five innings of perfection, before a throwing error from second baseman Nick Senzel allowed Amed Rosario to reach safely. Two batters later, a six-pitch, two-out walk to leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez proved to be even more trouble for the no-hit effort, but Miley got Jordan Luplow to line out to left field.

 

Though it’s the first no-hitter of his career, Miley’s efforts shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Coming into Friday, he was 3-2 with 19 strikeouts, seven walks and a 2.67 ERA. After nine innings of no-hit ball, his ERA dropped to 2.00 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio above 3-to-1.

His no-no comes with a bit of historical context, too.

  • This is the fourth no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season, and only six weeks have lapsed since Opening Day. The last — and only — time four or more no-hitters happened this quickly? It was 1917, per ESPN Stats & Information.
  • This is the second time Cleveland has been no-hit this season, as Chicago White Sox ace Carlos Rodon did so on April 14. Per Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal, this is the first time in franchise history the Indians have been no-hit twice in the same season.
  • It’s the 17th no-hitter in Cincinnati Reds franchise history.

Perhaps C. Trent Rosencrans, Reds reporter for The Athletic, summed up Wade Miley’s performance the best:

And, naturally, Miley’s teammates didn’t wait long to mob him at the mound.

In what’s been a tightly-contested NL Central to start the 2021 campaign, Cincinnati is now in third at 15-15 and 2 1/2 games back of the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals (19-14), and just a half-game back of stagnant Milwaukee — losers of six straight and at 17-16.