The Cincinnati Reds had to wait an hour and 22 minutes before getting the game started thanks to rain in Cleveland. It was worth it as Wade Miley channeled Tom Browning in 1988 (almost) and fired a no-hitter as the Reds topped Cleveland 3-0.
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|W: Miley (4-2) L: Clase (2-2)
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Wade Miley had a no-hitter through the 8th inning. But the Cincinnati Reds also had no runs on the board through the 8th inning. Cincinnati’s offense got going in the 9th, and they got a little help along the way, too.
Nick Senzel led off with an infield hit. Jesse Winker followed with a single of his own to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Nick Castellanos grounded the ball weakly to pitcher Emmanual Clase, who tried to get a force out at second but threw the ball off target and it ricocheted into the outfield, bringing Senzel in to score. Clase would then balk in a second run. Mike Moustakas thing lined a single into left to make it 3-0 and Cleveland went back to their bullpen. That was all they’d get. Hopefully it was all they would need.
Wade Miley took a perfect game into the 6th inning before a 2-out error and a walk took that away from him. But with a no-hitter still going, Miley kept on rolling. And he had to because the Reds offense was coming up empty all night long. Miley kept Cleveland hitless through the 7th. And then he did it again in the 8th. It was the top of the 9th that gave him some breathing room as Cincinnati put three runs on the board, but a long inning could have played in his mind.
Wade Miley got Rene Rivera to hit a soft liner to right field for an easy first out of the 9th. The lefty followed up by striking out Cesar Hernandez on three pitches. One out left. Then it happened. A routine ground ball to Kyle Farmer at shortstop and a toss to Mike Moustakas at first base ended it and sealed the no-hitter for Miley.
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) May 8, 2021
Key Moment of the Game
It was the final play of the game.
Notes Worth Noting
WADE MILEY THREW A FREAKING NO HITTER.
The no-hitter was the 17th in franchise history. It’s the first since Homer Bailey’s 2nd no hitter of his career that came back in 2013. It’s only the third since Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988 (the other two, of course, being thrown by Homer Bailey).
Wade Miley’s postgame press conference
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