Drew Miller tossed seven no-hit innings, walking one and striking out a career-high 11 in an early morning game. It is the second time this year that a Fort Wayne pitcher has thrown six or more no-hit innings. The one batter he walked, in the first inning, was picked off the bag a minute later. In the third frame, a runner reached on an error but was wiped away by a double play. The only runner to stay on the bases came in the fourth after a Javis Diaz error. He struck out the side in the sixth inning and whiffed three batters in the fourth, around the error. Nine of his strikeouts came between the fourth and seventh innings.
"You start knowing what is going on, but you are so focused on the game that you really don't pay much attention," Miller told us after the game. "You are really working on getting people out and if you give up that hit it really doesn't matter because your defense is going to work for you and you have to continue making your pitches."
He threw a total of 83 pitches (62 strikes and 21 balls). He went to a 3-2 count on one batter and a 2-2 count on four batters; he faced only 22 batters (one over the minimum).
Rolando Valdez walked one and struck out one in his inning of work, keeping the no-hitter intact. Valdez has not allowed an earned run over nine innings this year, whiffing eight. The walk was the first he has yielded this season. The right-hander has given up just one hit to left-handed batters and has not surrendered a hit with runners in scoring position.
R.J. Rodriguez was on the hill when Nathan Culp pitched six-no hit innings and the Wizards brought a no-hitter into the ninth. A single broke up that no-hitter bid. A bloop double to the first batter broke up the no-hitter; Kyler Burke dove for the ball but could not corral it as it dropped just inside the foul line.
It was the fourth time in team history they had taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning and the second time this year.
Portland vs. Colorado Springs (Rockies) postponed
San Antonio lost 5-4 to Frisco (Rangers)
Michael Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs – his second three-hit night of the year. The homer was his third and the double his seventh, tying him for the league lead in the two-bag category. He is also tied for third in extra base hits with ten. Fifty-six percent of his hits have gone for extra bases.
"It was a tough loss, but it did feel good to hit the ball well," said Johnson. "If you square a few balls up it really helps to get your confidence up after a few tough games."
Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. It was his fourth multi-hit game in five contests and he has scored five runs over the last three games. Headley is tied for the Texas League lead in doubles with seven and extra base hits with 11. He is also second in RBIs (14), third in hits (23), fourth in average (.348), on base percentage (.427) and slugging percentage (.621).
Jose Oyervidez threw bullets over the first five frames but was tagged for five runs over the next two, ending his night after seven frames with five runs in on six hits, including two homers, and two walks to take his first loss of the year. The right-hander faced the minimum over the first four innings. The homers were the first he has allowed on the year.
Lake Elsinore won 15-6 over Modesto (Rockies)
While the Storm collected just three extra base hits, they hammered out 17 singles – scoring 12 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to mash the Nuts. Five players scored multiple runs and six players notched an RBI. Only one player, Charlie Lisk, did not score and everyone had a hit.
Yordany Ramirez went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. He was also credited with a steal of home in the seventh inning as part of a double-steal and secured an outfield assist when he doubled off a runner at first base. The outfielder has hits in six of his last seven games, including three multi-hit games in his last four. His average has jumped from .107 on April 15 to .263, going 12-for-29 over that stretch with six runs scored and two stolen bases.
David Freese led the offense with four hits and six at bats, including a triple and four RBIs. He had two hits in the seventh inning, when the Storm sent 11 men to the plate. He also had a bases clearing triple in the eighth inning – an inning that saw nine men bat. The third baseman has three straight multi-hit games and four in the last five. He also has a three game RBI streak and is hitting .500 with men in scoring position.
Seth Johnson went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI. It was his second consecutive three-hit game and he extended his hitting streak to five games. During that span he is 12-for-24 with six runs scored. Johnston has reached base safely in all but one game on the year. While he has 14 hits in 29 at bats with the bases empty, the infielder has one hit in 13 at bats with runners in scoring position.
Padres' vice president of scouting and player development, Grady Fuson, expects to meet with Matt Latos later this week.
"We have had only brief contact with his representatives," Fuson said. "We expect to meet with them later this week."
Corey Brock of MLB.com reports rehabbing catcher Josh Bard came away impressed with right-hander Pablo Menchaca, the winning pitcher in the Arizona Rookie League Championship game who is currently in extended spring training.
"He's real good," Bard told Brock.