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‘It was incredible’: Marlins hitters were impressed with Brayan Bello

"That guy threw a really good game," National League batting leader Luis Arraez said of Bello.

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Brayan Bello exits the mound in the eighth inning of the Red Sox loss to the Marlins on Thursday. AP Photo/Steven Senne

The Red Sox lost to the Marlins 2-0 on Thursday despite Bryan Bello taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Boston has now lost five in a row.

Tonight, the Red Sox begin a three-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m.

Brayan Bello left an impression on the Marlins: Though he ended up on the losing end of a tight series finale, the 24-year-old Bello pitched yet another gem for Boston on Thursday. His final line: Seven innings pitched, one run allowed, with five strikeouts.

Arguably the best proof of Bello’s effectiveness came in the form of the Marlins’ postgame comments.


“That guy threw a really good game,” National League batting leader Luis Arraez said of Bello. Arraez went 0-for-3 against Bello, seeing his average fall from .396 to .392. “He was really nasty today.”

“The sinker/fastball cut a little bit atop the zone, the changeup is real,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker told reporters of Bello. “We just couldn’t get the barrel on it. Guys were frustrated, a lot of weak contact. He did a really, really good job.”

Bello holds a 2.17 ERA over 49.2 innings in his last eight starts, limiting hitters to just a .189 average.

“Bello’s got incredible stuff,” said Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo, who struck out nine in 6.1 scoreless innings. “I know he’s a young kid. I’ve never really seen him pitch, but I saw him pitch today and it was incredible. It was just awesome being a part of it. Kind of keeps you in the game as a pitcher. He was working quick, I was working quick, so I feel like we each had a good rhythm going. But it was awesome to be a part of that.”

Despite Bello’s recent dominance, the Red Sox have gone just 4-4 in his starts during that time. Still, his continued development could become a valuable building block for Boston.


“That’s a really good young pitcher that’s going to have a really good future in this league,” Schumaker concluded.

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