Shelby Miller was dominant on Sunday afternoon, but came up just short of making history.
The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher was one out away from a no-hitter, but Marlins’ first baseman pinch-hitter Justin Bour ruined the opportunity as he lined a single into center field to break up the no-hit bid.
In the ballgame, Miller only allowed three base runners in his complete-game shutout. Marcell Ozuna walked to start the bottom of the second inning, but was erased on a double play ball by Michael Morse. After Bour broke up the no-hitter, Dee Gordon followed with an infield single.
Miller, who improves to 5-1 on the season with the win, only needed 94 pitches to complete the ball game. With only four strikeouts in the ball game, Miller was able to work quickly and efficiently, forcing Marlin hitters to swing early in the count.
If Miller had completed the no-hitter, it would have been the first time since 1994 that a Braves pitcher had accomplished the feat. Kent Mercker no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8th of that year (also in a 6-0 victory).
Although he did not complete the no-hitter, it is definitely a good sign for the Braves moving forward. Miller, who was acquired in a trade during the off-season with the St. Louis Cardinals, has impressed in his early tenure with the team, and if he keeps this trend going, he could be a great addition to this pitching staff for many years to come.
With the win, the Braves are now just one game under the .500 mark (18-19). They currently are in third place in the National League East Division.