Braves’ Shelby Miller comes up 1 out Shy of No-Hitter

  •   May 18, 2015

By Damon Bair, May 18, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Shelby Miller carried a no-hitter in to the ninth inning Sunday night in Miami for the Atlanta Braves. Miller actually recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Justin Bour came in and singled up the middle to spoil the no-no. Dee Gordon would also single before Martin Prado flied-out to end the game and record a 6-0 win for the Braves. Miller totaled 94 pitches (70 for strikes) through nine innings, allowed two hits, struck-out four, and gave up just one walk. This was not Miller’s only near no-no; back in May of 2013, Miller recorded 27 straight outs after allowing a lead-off single. Kent Mercker was the last Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter, 21 years ago in April 1994.

The Braves totaled ten hits and six runs, with five of those runs coming in the second inning. With the win the Braves completed the three-game sweep of NL East Division rival, Miami Marlins. Miller moves to 5-1 on the year with a 1.33 ERA, and threw his second complete game in his last three starts. Shelby Miller has slowly taken over the top ace position in the Brave’s starting rotation, leading the team in wins (5), strikeouts (43), and ERA (1.33). Miller also leads the National League in WAR, ERA, complete games, shutouts, and walks/hits allowed per nine innings pitched.

Miller came to Atlanta through an off-season trade with St. Louis, in which the Braves sent two-time Gold Glover Jason Heyward and notable reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in a surprising move that was questioned by many. Nevertheless, Shelby Miller is off to a sensational start for the Braves, and is already drawing comparisons to Braves Hall-of-Famer Gregg Maddux, because in his two complete games this season, Miller has not gone over a hundred pitches.