Kane County Cougars LHP Jared Miller’s first start of the season was forgettable, but his second start was memorable.
Miller took a no-hitter into the 6th inning against the Clinton LumberKings on Wednesday, having given up only a 4th-inning walk at that point. He lost both the no-hitter and the shutout on a one-out homer by second baseman Gianfranco Wawoe. Two subsequent errors and a sacrifice fly allowed another (unearned) run to score in that inning.
Miller’s final line: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. It was a big improvement from his first start, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in three innings against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
The Cougars won Wednesday’s game 5-2.
Kernels lose, Timber Rattlers and TinCaps win
The Kernels lost their first game of the season Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 contest to the Peoria Chiefs in 12 innings. Cedar Rapids is now 6-1, while Peoria’s fifth consecutive win gives the Chiefs a 5-2 record.
The last two Midwest League teams without a victory finally broke into the wins column Wednesday. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1-6) beat the Burlington Bees (4-3) 4-0, and the Fort Wayne TinCaps (1-3) staved off a comeback attempt by the South Bend Cubs (3-4) to win 10-7.
Power outage causes MWL game suspension
Wednesday’s night game between the Beloit Snappers and the Quad Cities River Bandits was suspended in the bottom of the 5th inning because of a power outage that couldn’t be resolved. Here is a description of what happened from the River Bandits’ game story:
In a 2-2 tie entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Snappers third baseman Edwin Diaz lifted a fly ball to right field, but River Bandits rightfielder Ryan Bottger drifted away from the ball toward right-center field, later reacting when the ball dropped in right field, allowing Diaz to reach second base. With a light bank on the first-base side of the ballpark out, the umpires took both teams off the field. The lights were shut off and then turned on again, but the malfunctioning lights were not restored. The game was then suspended.
The game — Beloit’s home opener — will be resumed Thursday, with a 7-inning game to be played afterward.
Pillar scales wall to rob homer
Watch this amazing catch by Toronto Blue Jays leftfielder Kevin Pillar, who scales the outfield wall to rob Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham of a home run Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
Pillar was the Midwest League MVP in 2012, when he batted .322 with 5 HR, 57 RBI and 35 SB in 86 games with the Lansing Lugnuts. He tied a Midwest League record when he collected six hits in a game against the Dayton Dragons on May 12, 2012.
On a side note, I got to see Pillar homer in both Buffalo Bisons games I attended during my Cooperstown road trip last year. Here is a photo I took of him being greeted by teammate Darin Mastroianni after hitting one of his roundtrippers.