Adam Conley insists he has no regrets after his manager took away his bid for a no-hitter, but he realizes there are things he can improve on this time out.
The left-hander will try to be much more efficient than in that controversial outing Thursday night when the Miami Marlins chase their 10th victory in 11 games and a three-game home sweep over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks.
Conley (1-1, 3.67 ERA) wasn't exactly masterful Friday, though he was difficult to square up while tossing 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in a 6-3 win at Milwaukee.
Even though he was just four outs away from making history, manager Don Mattingly decided to do what he felt was best and pulled Conley after 116 pitches. The second-year pro struck out seven but also walked four for the second straight start.
"If I'm going to throw a no-hitter, I'd just do the same thing I did, have the same results, but just pitch better," Conley told the league's official website. "Eighteen guys fouled off pitches. I walked four guys. There's 20-something pitches right there."
Mattingly took some heat for his decision, but the 25-year-old Conley hadn't thrown more than 95 pitches in any of his previous 19 career appearances.
Conley will be focused on efficiency as he tries to deal Arizona (12-17) its first six-game losing streak since July 10-19. He's never faced the Diamondbacks, though Jean Segura has gone 4 for 6 off him dating to his time with Milwaukee.
Segura singled as a pinch hitter in Wednesday's 4-3 loss, missing his third consecutive start because of a nagging hip injury. David Peralta hit a two-run home run - his third of the season - after going 2 for 17 over his previous five games.
"We're going to be judged on our wins and losses but I just feel like the way they're playing, effort they're giving, things will turn around," manager Chip Hale said.
Arizona, however, has batted .232 while averaging 2.6 runs during a 1-7 stretch. Star slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 5 for 26 with one homer in his last nine games.
Since going 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his first three starts, Robbie Ray is 0-1 with a 12.86 mark over his past two. The left-hander allowed five runs and seven hits - including four home runs - over four innings in Friday's 9-0 home loss to Colorado.
Ray (1-1, 4.97) also was knocked around in his only meeting with the Marlins in July. He surrendered five runs - four earned - over 4 2/3 innings in a 5-3 home defeat.
Now he'll have to contend with Miami (14-12), which has averaged 5.7 runs while batting .308 with 12 home runs over its last six games. Giancarlo Stanton has gone 12 for 32 with six homers and 12 RBIs in his past nine, while J.T. Realmuto is 19 for 37 with two long balls and five doubles over a nine-game hitting streak.
"We've been having a great time," Stanton said. "Everyone is contributing and ... it's not one guy to look to for the win. We've got to keep it going."
Miami first baseman Justin Bour was held out of the lineup and is day to day after dislocating his left pinkie when sliding into second base in Tuesday's 7-4 victory.