Peoria Chiefs RHP Matt Pearce broke a 42-year-old Midwest League record Sunday when he didn’t allow a walk in his eight scoreless innings of work against the Kane County Cougars.
The St. Louis Cardinals prospect has not walked a batter in his last 46.1 innings. That beats the old MWL record of 45 consecutive innings without a walk, set by Danville Warriors RHP Bill Castro from June 29-August 12, 1973.
Pearce hasn’t walked a batter since June 8 at Lansing. That game arguably was his last bad outing, having given up seven runs to the Lugnuts in 4.1 innings. In his next start he gave up three runs (four earned) in seven innings, but didn’t give up more than two earned runs in any of his next six starts.
Overall this season, Pearce is 7-9 with a 2.85 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 17 walks in 101 innings. His next start probably will be against the Beloit Snappers next weekend.
When Castro set the previous record of 45 consecutive innings pitched with walking a batter, he did it in his second season with the Danville Warriors. In his first season (1972), he went 10-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 17 saves, 66 strikeouts and 26 walks in 74 innings (45 relief appearances). In his second season (1973), he went 11-4 with a 1.82 ERA, 12 saves, 104 strikeouts and 24 walks in 114 innings (46 appearances/one start).
Castro made his major-league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974. He spent seven years of his decade as a major-leaguer with the Brewers, one year with the New York Yankees, and two years with the Kansas City Royals.