Holmes, Gonsalves pitch one-hit gems

Two Midwest League games on Wednesday featured one-hit performances by pitchers who each hurled six innings.

RHP Grant Holmes did it for the Great Lakes Loons, and LHP Stephen Gonsalves did it for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Holmes improved to 3-0 after holding the Dayton Dragons to one hit and two walks while striking out nine in six scoreless innings. The Loons won 7-1. The Dragons committed five errors, a balk and a passed ball.

In eight starts this season, Holmes has a 3.03 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 19 walks in 38.2 innings.

Gonsalves improved to 4-1 after holding the Peoria Chiefs to one hit and three walks in six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and hit a batter. The Kernels won 8-0, with Zack Larson and Blake Schmit each driving in two runs.

In seven starts this season, Gonsalves has a 1.50 ERA (third-best in the Midwest League) with a league-leading 54 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 innings.

Jackson sent to extended spring training

The Seattle Mariners reassigned top prospect Alex Jackson to extended spring training Wednesday after batting .157 with no homers and 13 RBI in 28 games with the Clinton LumberKings this season. He reportedly suffered a left shoulder injury during spring training but played through the pain until his last start on May 12.

Jackson, 19, was Seattle’s top draft pick last year (No. 6 overall) after Baseball America named him its High School Player of the Year.

TinCaps offer Letterman internship

The Fort Wayne TinCaps are struggling on the field so far this season, but their staff hasn’t forgotten how to have fun. With that in mind, they sent out a press release offering an internship to Indiana native David Letterman, who ended his 33-year late-night television career Wednesday.

Here are their “Top 10 Reasons David Letterman Should Intern with the Fort Wayne TinCaps”:

10. You’ll be paid in cotton candy.

9. In case you break the printer, you can always blame the mascot.

8. We also have openings for Rupert to work concessions, Alan to do PA, and Paul to lead “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

7. Parkview Field is close to Ball State, so you can check out the building named after you.

6. Need to spice up your marriage? We can put you on the Kiss Cam.

5. You’ll be in a cubicle, but you can keep your desk.

4. Chance to do slip-n-slide on tarp during rain delay.

3. We’ll take out the ceremonial first pitch so you can still do a monologue.

2. Most of our in-game promotions already qualify as Stupid Human Tricks.

1. Together, we could make “Small Town News” on Colbert’s show.

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