MIAMI -- He wasn't going to finish this game, either. Adam Conley's pitch count was quickly reaching 100 in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Pirates, and he wasn't close to the end of the game.
It was on April 29 in Milwaukee that Conley went 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before being pulled, with the no-hitter still intact, after 116 pitches. It's still the longest start by a Marlins pitcher this season.
Conley didn't make it that far on Wednesday, although he did pick up his fourth win to match his total from his rookie season last year.
Facing Pittsburgh for the first time in his career, Conley pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before Andrew McCutchen lined a single to center field. David Freese followed with a ringing double in the right-field corner.
But Conley was able to get out of the jam with a broken-bat grounder to shortstop to keep a 2-0 lead intact. His day was done after 105 pitches got him through six innings. He threw 66 strikes, and his nine strikeouts tied a career high equaled on April 13 vs. the Mets at Citi Field.
"I had the 20-pitch inning in the first," Conley said of building up his pitch count from the outset. "I think in the second and third I wasn't great with efficiency. For me, it's been the walks that makes the pitch count go up and you get into trouble. It's that kind of stuff that I want to improve on."
Conley struck out the side in the second inning and already had five K's over the first three innings.
"I think the most noticeable thing probably was just the angle I had," Conley said. "It made the slider down in the zone, the changeup down in the zone a lot more effective. Just by showing hitters that same stroke and angle with the fastball helps me expand the zone at the bottom more than I had in the past."
He continued to keep the ball in the park. Conley has not allowed a home run in his last seven starts. He leads the Majors in batters faced since his last home run allowed (181).
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.