MIAMI (AP) — For the second start in a row, Adam Conley came out of the game leaving a string of zeroes behind him on the scoreboard.
And for the third consecutive night, the Miami Marlins’ bullpen blanked Arizona.
Conley pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday and Miami completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 4-0 win.
Last Friday, Conley allowed no hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings before being taken out of the game at Milwaukee when his pitch count reached 116. This time, the 25-year-old left-hander departed with a 2-0 lead after throwing 88 pitches and said he understood manager Don Mattingly’s reasoning.
"The competitor in me wants to stay in that game," said Conley (2-1). "But looking at it from a manager’s standpoint, I think it was brilliant. He did awesome. Look at what happened."