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Rich Hill Lifted After 7 Perfect Innings

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill pulled out of game after tossing 7 perfect innings

On Saturday night, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill had a chance to make history. Through seven innings against the Miami Marlins, Hill had not allowed a base runner. With a pitch count of only 89, it seemed like Hill could be on his way into the history books.

After left fielder Yasiel Puig made a fantastic catch to end the 7th inning, manager Dave Roberts decided to take out the 35-year-old Hill and turn the ball game over to the bullpen.

Relief pitcher Joe Blanton began the 8th inning for the Dodgers and quickly gave up a base hit to end the perfect game.

In April, rookie pitcher Ross Stripling had a no-hitter intact through 7.1 innings before Roberts pulled him out of the game. The Dodgers bullpen could not hold that no-no either.

Hill is having a wonderful season this year. He is 12-3 with a 1.80 ERA but has missed time with groin and blister issues. His continuing issue with a blister this season could have been a driving factor behind the decision to take him out of the game.

His seven inning perfect game bid was the longest by a pitcher who was removed from the game since 1900, according to ESPN stats and info.

The Dodgers ended up beating the Marlins 5-0 but could have made history in the process. After pulling Stripling and now Hill before they could complete their no-hitters shows that Roberts wants to be careful with his starters. That is especially the case with Hill who could be the Dodgers’ number two starter in the playoffs.

Even though no history was made, the Dodgers still got the win which moves them one game closer to the playoffs.