The last time a no-hitter was thrown in the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings were the victims. On Wednesday, it was their turn to do the no-hitting.
LumberKings lefty Jordan Shipers threw all nine innings of the no-hitter against the West Michigan Whitecaps, allowing only three batters to reach base (two on walks and one on a throwing error by second baseman Daniel Paolini). He struck out two batters.
There was plenty of offense on the other side of the diamond, as the LumberKings scored 10 runs on 12 hits and an error for the easy win. You can see the box score here.
The no-hitter was the first for Clinton since 2003 and the first against West Michigan since 2003. Clinton’s 2003 no-hitter was of the 7-inning variety; the team’s last 9-inning no-hitter was a perfect game by RHP Scott Dunn in 2000.
While Shipers was throwing his no-hitter, I was at the Frontier League All-Star Game at the Corn Crib, home of the Normal CornBelters. The Eastern Division All-Stars beat the Western Division All-Stars 9-6 in a game that featured seven home runs. London Rippers 1B Joash Brodin, a 4-year veteran of the Frontier League, was named the game’s MVP after going 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored.
The Triple-A All-Star Game also was played Wednesday night. The Pacific Coast League beat the International League 3-0. Omaha Storm Chasers OF Wil Myers — a former Burlington Bee — was named the Pacific Coast League’s Star of Stars, while Buffalo Bisons RHP Matt Harvey received the equivalent honor for the International League.
Myers hit .289 with 10 HR, 45 RBI and 10 SB in 68 games with the Bees in 2010.
In the Eastern League All-Star Game, Binghamton Mets 1B/OF Eric Campbell drove in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Eastern Division All-Stars a 5-4 win over the Western Division All-Stars. Campbell was named MVP.
Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game was played Tuesday, resulting in a 8-0 win for the National League. The game’s MVP was San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera, who played in the Midwest League in 2004. He hit .333 with 0 HR, 16 RBI and 7 SB in 42 games with the Battle Creek Yankees.
Tampa Bay Rays prospect Hak-Ju Lee doubled in his last at-bat Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Lee hit .282 with 1 HR, 40 RBI and 32 SB in 122 games with the 2010 Peoria Chiefs. He currently plays for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits.
Top Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton made his Double-A debut with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos yesterday and promptly swiped his 105th bag of the season when he reached base in the 6th inning. Overall this season (including 82 games with the California League’s Bakersfield Blaze), Hamilton is batting .323 with 105 SB and 79 runs scored. Last year with the Dayton Dragons, Hamilton hit .278 with 103 SB and 99 runs scored in 135 games.