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Update: Luis Avilan loses Aaron Harang’s no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning

Apr 18, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

Aaron Harang AP

Update (9:47 PM): The Braves tacked on four runs of support after Harang was told he wasn’t coming back out for the eighth inning to complete his no-hitter. Lefty Luis Avilan replaced Harang in the bottom half of the eighth and retired the first two Mets hitters he faced, but surrendered a two-out single to David Wright, ending the no-hit bid. Avilan struck out Curtis Granderson to end the inning.

Braves starter Aaron Harang no-hit the Mets through seven innings in New York, kicking off the first of a three-game series. The tall, 35-year-old right-hander issued six walks, but the Mets otherwise weren’t able to get anything going offensively. Harang threw 121 pitches, so manager Fredi Gonzalez asked his bullpen to finish off the no-hitter for the veteran.

Chris Johnson gave Harang a bit of run support in the second inning with an RBI double. The Braves tacked on four more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a Freddie Freeman two-run home run, a throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud after Dan Uggla doubled, and an RBI double by Jordan Schafer.

Harang brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Braves debut on April 2 against the Brewers. He’s been solid to start the season, entering the night with a 0.96 ERA over 18 2/3 innings in three starts. He lowered it to 0.70 ERA with his seven scoreless innings against the Mets.

The last Braves pitcher to toss a no-hitter was Kent Mercker on April 8, 1994. The last time the Mets were no-hit was on September 8, 1993 when Darryl Kile of the Astros accomplished the feat.

  1. musketmaniac - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    As he is pitching lights out, a brewer just knocked the cover off the ball in Pittsburgh.

  2. dondada10 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Braves just went up 4-0. I would bring Kimbrell in for two innings.

    • dacty4491 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Kimbrel has been having some shoulder discomfort. He says it’s nothing serious, but I’m sure Gonzalez has welcomed the opportunity to give him a few days of rest.

  3. rbj1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    6 walks? Test him for LSD (obligatory Doc Ellis reference)

    • elpendejo59 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      I’d like to retract the accidental “report” i clicked on for this commenter. I intended to reply and hit the incorrect link and I apologize.

  4. renaado - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Cappuccino cappuccino cappuccino cappucino. Truly lovin every single pitch here.

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    It stopped being “his” no-hitter when he got pulled.

  6. Joe Vecchio - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    In the last three games, the Braves have given up two runs on 12 hits, 8 of those coming in the 1-0 loss against the Phillies. That’s out of this world.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      The Braves have allowed one run in the last three games, not two.

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