Five pitchers, including four former South Bend Silver Hawks, combined efforts Wednesday to throw a no-hitter for the Double-A Mobile BayBears.
The starting pitcher was Archie Bradley, a top Arizona Diamondbacks prospect. He walked five and struck out seven batters in five innings. Four others — Matt Gorgen, Derek Eitel, Willy Paredes and Jake Barrett — each threw an inning. The five pitchers collectively walked six and struck out 13 Huntsville Stars batters.
Bradley got the win, improving to 9-5 for the BayBears. He pitched for the Silver Hawks in 2012, going 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 136 IP.*
Eitel pitched in only four games for the 2010 Silver Hawks. He went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, one save and 19 strikeouts in 15 IP.
Paredes pitched in 29 games for the 2012 Silver Hawks, going 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA, three saves and 42 strikeouts in 48.1 IP.
Barrett pitched in 25 games for the 2012 Silver Hawks, going 0-3 with a 5.84 ERA, six saves and 25 strikeouts in 24.2 IP.
Gorgen didn’t play in the Midwest League.
*By coincidence, the Silver Hawks are giving away Archie Bradley bobbleheads to the first 500 fans Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be at both of those games as South Bend takes on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Those are two of the top three teams in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division this season, so it should be a good series to watch.
Atherton strikes out 11
The Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Beloit Snappers 3-2 on a walk-off RBI single by Tyler Grimes in the bottom of the 9th inning Wednesday, but the bigger story in that game was what SP Tim Atherton did. From the Kernels’ game story:
Tim Atherton was tremendous on the mound for the Kernels. Atherton went 8 innings, striking out 11. He allowed two runs – both unearned – on two hits. The 11 strikeouts is a game high by a Kernels pitcher in 2013. Atherton retired 16 in a row from the 3rd through the 8th to end his night. The inning and strikeout totals are career highs for the Australia native.
Atherton is 6-4 with a 2.58 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 76.2 IP for the Kernels this season. On April 7 he was part of a three-pitcher no-hitter against the Snappers.
Llorens continues to dominate
Peoria Chiefs RP Dixon Llorens continued his second-half dominance of the Midwest League on Wednesday, earning the win after pitching two perfect innings that included four strikeouts.
The St. Louis Cardinals prospect has allowed only 12 hits and three walks in 20 innings pitched since the MWL All-Star break. He has collected two wins and five saves, struck out 37 batters, and most importantly, hasn’t given up any earned runs.
Incidentally, the Chiefs won Wednesday’s game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on a two-run homer by second baseman Bruce Caldwell in the top of the 11th inning.