Clinton LumberKings RHP Victor Sanchez no-hit the Lansing Lugnuts tonight, throwing all 9 innings of the 1-0 game. He struck out eight batters and walked none. His only blemish came in the 1st inning when he hit Dalton Pompey with a pitch.
The Lugnuts also managed to get two more baserunners in the 8th inning, thanks to two errors by LumberKings SS Ketel Marte. They had runners on the corners with two outs, but Sanchez got out of the jam by striking out Kellen Sweeney.
Sanchez is only the 7th Clinton pitcher to throw a 9-inning no-hitter in 77 years of baseball in the Iowa city. The last player to do so before Sanchez was LHP Jordan Shipers, who no-hit the West Michigan Whitecaps last July.
The Lugnuts have been no-hit three times this season. They also were no-hit by South Bend Silver Hawks RHP Kyle Schepel on April 14 (7 innings) and four Bowling Green Hot Rods pitchers on June 21 (9 innings).
Interesting side note: According to fellow Midwest League enthusiast David Malamut, this is the third time in league history that a no-hitter was thrown on July 17. The last one was in 1991 when the Madison Muskies no-hit the Burlington Bees in a 3-0 game. Check out Malamut’s list of MWL no-hitters here.
Another interesting side note: This was not the only no-hitter thrown in the minor leagues tonight. Less than an hour before Sanchez completed his no-no, three Salem Red Sox pitchers combined to throw one against the Frederick Keys in the Carolina League. Salem’s starting pitcher, LHP Henry Owens, walked four and struck out 10 in six innings. He also hit a batter.
Seitzer wins Southern League HR Derby
Montgomery Biscuits 1B Cameron Seitzer won the Southern League’s Home Run Derby tonight. He was an unlikely winner, considering he’s hit only 2 HR in 95 games this season. I’m not sure why he was asked to participate, but he did, and he won.
Seitzer played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods last season, hitting .307 with 4 HR and 54 RBI in 118 games. The Tampa Bay Rays prospect is the son of former major-leaguer Kevin Seitzer.