The 2021 MLB season has seen a fair amount of history be made, and another all-time moment has just been recorded. Wade Miley threw the fourth no-hitter of the young season on Friday night. The journeyman lefty’s historic outing comes only two days after John Means of the Baltimore Orioles no-hit the Seattle Mariners. Earlier this year Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres and Carlos Rodón of the Chicago White Sox completed their own hitless outings. Interestingly enough, all four pitchers narrowly missed perfect game status by only allowing one hitter to reach base. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner also tossed a complete game while allowing zero hits and only one baserunner on 25 April of this year, but due to last year’s rule change making doubleheaders only seven-inning games, MLB declared that the affair was not a true no-hitter. Suffice it to say, there has been quite a bit of pitching excellence so far this season.
Tonight in Cleveland, Wade Miley’s Reds found themselves in the midst of a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel, with the only blemish on his box score being a walk to Indians second baseman César Hernández. Cleveland starter Zach Plesac held Cincinnati at bay over eight innings, surrendering only three hits while striking out seven. However, the wheels would come off for the Indians in the top of the ninth, as sloppy defense allowed the Reds to put up three runs of support; two more than Wade Miley needed. The crafty 34-year-old easily set the side down in order, collecting his eighth strikeout of the night in the process, and made history.
With just over a month’s worth of games having been played, the remainder of the 2021 MLB season will likely contain a great deal more fascinating and noteworthy events. Miguel Cabrera’s countdown to 3,000 hits, as well as Albert Pujols’ farewell tour are but a few of the headlines this season has to offer. No-hitters or not, it’s certainly marvelous to have a full season of baseball once again.