Four day games were played in the Midwest League today, and two of them featured pitching gems.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Clinton LumberKings 0
Kernels LHP Stephen Gonsalves (6-1) took a no-hitter into the 7th inning and struck out 11 batters, moving him into a tie with former Great Lakes Loons pitcher Jose De Leon for the most in Minor League Baseball (77). He gave up two hits and walked four in seven innings. (A 7th-inning pop-up lost in the sun originally was ruled an error, but was changed to a hit after the game.) His 1.15 ERA leads the Midwest League and is third-lowest in the minors.
Peoria Chiefs 3, Kane County Cougars 0
Chiefs RHP Daniel Poncedeleon (6-0) dominated the Cougars, giving up only three hits and a walk while striking out five in eight scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.51, fourth-lowest in the Midwest League.
Cougars RHP Touki Toussaint (0-2) gave up one run on four hits and six walks in six innings. He struck out four and hit a batter.
Beloit Snappers 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1
Snappers RHP Brett Graves (5-0) struck out six batters in six innings, and gave up one run on four hits and a walk. Trent Gilbert hit three doubles and drove in five runs for the Snappers.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 8, Great Lakes Loons 4
Five Hot Rods players and two Loons players each had two hits in the offense-heavy game. Jace Conrad hit two solo homers for the Hot Rods. Alex Verdugo hit a solo homer for the Loons.