MILWAUKEE - Miami
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it was an easy
decision to pull Adam Conley after 116 pitches
despite the lefty having not allowed a hit for 7
Conley exited with
a no-hit bid intact, drawing boos from the crowd
at Miller Park, and Miami's bullpen might have
given up the first hit but it wound up holding off
the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Friday night.
"It was easy
right there," Mattingly said of the decision.
"I knew he couldn't finish. We weren't going
to let him finish."
blooped a single with one out in the ninth off
reliever Jose Urena to break up the combo no-hit
bid. The ball landed in shallow right field, just
beyond the outstretched glove of diving second
baseman Derek Dietrich.
playing in place of speedy Gold Glove winner Dee
Gordon, who was suspended by Major League Baseball
for 80 games on Thursday night after a positive
test for performance-enhancing substances.
When asked whether
Gordon would have caught Lucroy's hit, Mattingly
said, "I don't know. Probably. Dee's pretty
exciting. He probably catches that ball."
Conley (1-1) struck out seven and walked four. The
crowd at Miller Park booed as Mattingly walked to
the mound and brought in Urena from the bullpen.
"I never like
coming out of the game no matter what the
circumstances are, but considering where I was at
the in the game and everything I knew what was
going on," Conley said. "I knew coming
into the eighth I was already at about 100
Conley, who made
his big league debut last year with the Marlins,
had four previous starts this season. In those
games, he threw 31, 93, 95 and 88 pitches.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly takes starting
pitcher Adam Conley out of the game during
the eighth inning of a baseball game against
the Milwaukee Brewers Friday in Milwaukee.
high for pitches was 106 last season.
"This kid has
a chance to be really special so there's no way,
at this point in the season, that we're going to
let him go to 130," Mattingly said. "We
know we have a long season and we feel like we
have a chance to go somewhere. He's going to have
to be a part of that so we have to protect
Earlier this month,
Ross Stripling of the Dodgers threw no-hit ball
for 7 1/3 innings against San Francisco in his
major league debut and was taken out after 100
Reigning NL Cy
Young Award winner Jake Arrieta pitched the
majors' first no-hitter this season, doing it last
week at Cincinnati.
Justin Bour homered
twice, doubled and drove in five runs to put Miami
ahead. The Marlins have won six consecutive games.
"For us to
come out and set the tone the way we did, and put
runs up, and I can't say enough about the way Adam
pitched today," Bour said.
The gangly Conley
worked quickly throughout the game. He escaped a
bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth by striking
out Lucroy and getting Chris Carter to ground into
a double play.
Conley was 9-3 with
a 2.52 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans last year and
went 4-1 with a 3.76 ERA in 15 appearances for the
The Brewers turned
a triple play in the fifth, and almost pulled off
a remarkable rally in the ninth. They scored three
times on four hits, then loaded the bases before
A.J. Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar for his
Marlins starting pitcher Adam Conley throws
during the seventh inning of a baseball game
against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday in
With two outs,
Milwaukee had got an RBI single by pinch-hitter
Alex Presley, a run-scoring double by Ramon Flores
and an RBI single by Yadiel Rivera that chased
Zach Davies (0-3)
struggled for the third consecutive start. He
allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in
five innings, and has an 8.78 ERA since being
recalled from Triple-A on April 17.
"He's the type
of pitcher that has to be fine with stuff,"
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "He
has to execute probably more than the next guy and
there were just enough misses where he kind of got
himself into trouble."
Conley and Saturday
night's starter Wei-Yin Chen traveled to Milwaukee
a day earlier than the rest of the team, which
arrived in town about 7 a.m. after flying from the
West Coast. Conley said he didn't want to leave
the team to travel ahead, but trusted Mattingly's
judgement and agreed to go early.
After learning that
Gordon had been suspended 80 games for using
performance-enhancing drugs, Miami Marlins
president David Samson had a strong message for
him. "It could have been a knee injury that
could have kept him out for two-and-a-half
months," Samson said. "This is far
worse, obviously, because this is a
Ichiro Suzuki had a
milestone hit and stolen base leading off the
game. He hit a 1-0 fastball from Davies into right
field for a single, his 2,944th major league hit,
moving him into 33rd place all-time ahead of Frank
Robinson. He then stole second base, his 500th in
the majors, ranking 38th all-time. Ichiro had
1,278 hits and 199 stolen bases playing in the
Japanese Baseball League from 1992-2000.
Giancarlo Stanton was given the day off for rest.
"You really don't want to push Giancarlo over
the edge," Mattingly said.
Brewers: RHP Matt
Garza made 30 throws on flat ground from 60 feet,
his first step in returning from a lat strain. He
is expected to miss at least another month.
Stanton is expected
to return to the lineup when Milwaukee RHP Chase
Anderson (1-2) faces Chen (1-1) in the second game
of the three-game series.