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Wei-Yin Chen, Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough fell two outs shy of combining to throw a no-hitter Tuesday night at Safeco Field in the Miami Marlins’ 5-0 victory against the Seattle Mariners.
Chen and Ziegler pitched a clean eight innings, but Barraclough allowed the team’s first hit with one out in the ninth inning when Mitch Haniger doubled to right-center field, as MLB’s official Twitter account documented:
Had they achieved the feat, the Marlins would have become the first team to throw a combined no-hitter since the Philadelphia Phillies did so on Sept. 1, 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
All told, Chen tossed 100 pitches before manager Don Mattingly pulled him in favor of Ziegler, who registered seven strikes on 11 pitches to efficiently work his way through the eighth inning. Barraclough only made it through one batter before coughing up the no-no, however.
Although the Marlins were ultimately deprived of a combined no-no thanks to Haniger’s shot into the gap, they did record their first shutout of the year. The win also represented Miami’s fourth in its last five games dating back to Friday’s 3-2 triumph over the New York Mets.
Now 8-6 on the season, the Marlins will attempt to snag a series victory against the Mariners when Wednesday’s rubber match gets underway with Edinson Volquez scheduled to square off against Felix Hernandez.
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