Nobody is going to mistake young Miami Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley for the next Randy Johnson, but the 25-year-old had a chance to do something on Friday few pitchers ever get to experience: a no-hitter.
Through 7.2 innings, Conley had not allowed a hit. He sat at 116 pitches, with a runner on first base in a 5-0 ballgame. And he got yanked.
Maybe Don Mattingly showed much more restraint than I could ever imagine using in a game, but I just hate that move.
"It was easy right there," Mattingly told MLB.com after the game. "I knew he couldn't finish. We weren't going to let him finish. That was really easy, actually. If he had an easy inning there, an eight- or nine-pitch inning, we probably would think about it. But when he gets to that point, you know he's not going to be able to finish the game."
Conley said he was "at peace" with the decision to pull him, and admitted becoming a little fatigued towards the end of his run, as his previous career high was 106 pitches.
Conley may become a great pitcher one day and have another opportunity to seal a no-hitter, but the odds that he will are slim. Some of the greatest pitchers ever (i.e. John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine) failed to notch no-hitters in their careers. Why not let him give it a shot?
Maybe that's just the selfish fan in me talking. But do you think Edwin Jackson regrets throwing 149 pitches in his 2010 no-hitter?
Also of note in that Marlins game on Friday night, the Milwaukee Brewers turned a triple play on the Fish, as Marcell Ozuna hit into the 5-4-3 rally killer.
Dee Gordon got popped for performance enhancing drugs on Thursday, and did this thing where he denied and admitted it in his statement.
"Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances," Gordon said Friday morning in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. "The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization, and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences."
Continuing the theme of nuggets from Friday night, the New York Mets scored a franchise record 12 runs in an inning, four of them coming via Yoenis Cespedes grand slam.
Speaking of grand slams, Major League Baseball is on pace to have the most grand slams since 2009. Thank the Braves for their generosity in allowing those (they've allowed three in the last eight days).
Thinking about Conley's no-hit bid on Friday night made me wonder when we might see another Braves pitcher get close to one. Then I cried myself to sleep.