Cleveland Indians prospect Ryan Merritt pitched a seven-inning no-hitter for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks on Saturday. He needed only 78 pitches for his gem, which included three strikeouts and a walk.
The lefty pitched for the Lake County Captains in 2013, going 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 18 walks in 126.1 innings. This year he is 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 13 walks in 108.1 innings.
Stanley on fire for Redbirds
St. Louis Cardinals prospect Cody Stanley drove in a run for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds on Saturday, giving him 12 RBI in his last seven games.
Stanley batted .264 with 11 HR and 66 RBI in 101 games with the 2011 Quad Cities River Bandits. (He also appeared in two games for the 2010 team.) The catcher is batting .257 with 3 HR and 27 RBI in 59 games for Memphis, and played in three major-league games this season.
Another 10-win season for Buehrle
Toronto Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle won his 10th game of the season Saturday, giving him 15 consecutive MLB seasons with 10 or more wins.
His streak began in 2001, his rookie season with the Chicago White Sox.
Buehrle went 7-4 with a 4.10 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 16 walks in 98.2 innings pitched for the 1999 Burlington Bees. He pitched a shutout and collected three saves.
Feliz joins Tigers bullpen
Former Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz made his first appearance for the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, pitching a scoreless 8th inning. The Rangers designated him for assignment on July 3 after the righty posted a 4.58 ERA and a 1.678 WHIP in 18 relief appearances.
Feliz was a starter for the 2008 Clinton LumberKings. He went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 28 walks in 82 innings (17 starts).
Former K-Twins reunite at Simmons Field
On Friday, the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League hosted about a dozen alumni of the Kenosha Twins, a Midwest League team from 1984 to 1992.
The event included a fan giveaway — a bobblehead of former MLB catcher Lenny Webster, who played 203 games for the 1986-88 Kenosha Twins. He was the Midwest League MVP in 1988, when he batted .288 with 11 HR and 87 RBI in 129 games. (Appleton Foxes RHP Tom Gordon was the MWL Prospect of the Year in 1988.)
I was there Friday and got to meet Webster briefly before the game. I was impressed by his upbeat personality and willingness to sign lots of autographs for fans.
The Kingfish — who beat the Madison Mallards 14-5 that night — play at Simmons Field, the same ballpark the Kenosha Twins called home. The K-Twins won Midwest League championship titles in 1985 and 1987 before the franchise moved to Fort Wayne after the 1992 season.