Tampa Bay Rays prospect Victor Mateo threw a no-hitter for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits on Saturday, two years after pitching one for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
When Mateo no-hit the Lake County Captains in 2011, it was a 7-inning feat. This time Mateo no-hit the Jacksonville Suns for nine innings.
Mateo went 12-6 with a 3.98 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 124.1 IP for the 2011 Hot Rods. He is 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 146.1 IP for the Biscuits this season.
An interesting tidbit about Mateo’s no-hitters, courtesy of Bowling Green Daily News sportswriter Micheal Compton: Derek Dietrich was Mateo’s teammate for the first no-hitter and was on the losing team for Mateo’s second no-hitter. A related fun fact from me: Those two players were the Midwest League players of the week for the 7-day period that included Mateo’s Hot Rods no-hitter.
LHP Austin Kirk pitched a no-hitter that same week, for the Peoria Chiefs. The Chicago Cubs farmhand currently pitches for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.
Dragons one-hit Lugnuts
Cincinnati Reds prospect Ismael Guillon dominated in his start Saturday, pitching six hitless innings against the Lansing Lugnuts. He walked three batters.
The Dragons yielded only one hit in their 6-1 victory, a Daniel Klein solo homer to lead off the 8th inning. Dragons DH Daniel Pigott doubled twice and drove in four runs.
The Dragons are 2 1/2 games behind the Great Lakes Loons in the race for an Eastern Division wildcard slot. They have eight games left in the season.
Whitecaps to host 2014 All-Star Game
The West Michigan Whitecaps will host next year’s Midwest League All-Star Game at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The game is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. It will be the league’s 50th All-Star Game.