It’s been a banner year for pitching in the Midwest League, and more evidence of that was presented Saturday night by the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
The highlight, of course, was Silver Hawks RHP Brad Allen’s no-hitter of the West Michigan Whitecaps. He retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced, his only blemish a two-out walk in the 1st inning. He struck out nine.
He almost lost the no-hitter in the 9th inning when Adolfo Reina hit a drive down the leftfield line that landed foul by a foot. Allen came back to strike Reina out, then retired the next two batters to complete the gem.
Allen is the second Silver Hawks pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season; RHP Kyle Schepel threw a seven-inning one in April. Six no-hitters have been thrown in the Midwest League this season; the record is seven, in 1972 and 2000.
Also on Saturday, Timber Rattlers pitchers Tyler Wagner and Harvey Martin combined to one-hit the Quad Cities River Bandits. Wagner gave up one hit and two walks in five innings; Martin allowed two baserunners (both hit by pitches) in his four innings of work.
Another note from that game: Timber Rattlers OF Victor Roache hit two home runs, bringing his total for the season to 20. He is now two shy of the Timber Rattlers single-season record of 22, set by Khris Davis in 2010. Davis, a rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers this season, hit .280 with 22 home runs, 72 RBI, 17 stolen bases, 77 walks and 120 strikeouts in 128 games with the Timber Rattlers.
One more MWL pitching performance from Saturday worth noting: Kernels RHP Jose Berrios gave up only two hits and one walk while striking out seven in 7.1 IP of Cedar Rapids’ 6-0 win over the Kane County Cougars. He didn’t give up a hit until one out in the 6th inning.
According to this MiLB.com story, the 19-year-old Minnesota Twins prospect will now be taken out of the Kernels rotation and placed on an innings limit for the rest of the season.
Former Lugnut hits for cycle
Toronto Blue Jays farmhand Gustavo Pierre hit for the cycle for the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays on Saturday. He played with the Lansing Lugnuts in parts of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons, hitting a cumulative .248 with 12 HR, 79 RBI and 29 SB in 193 games. He originally played shortstop but moved over to third base in 2012.