Peoria Chiefs RHP Matt Pearce didn’t walk a batter in his six innings of work Saturday, extending his Midwest League record to 52.1 innings pitched without issuing a base on balls.
The previous record of 45 consecutive innings without a walk, set by Danville Warriors RHP Bill Castro in 1973, was broken by Pearce in his last outing. He hasn’t walked a batter since June 8 against the Lansing Lugnuts.
Pearce got a no-decision in Saturday’s game, but the Chiefs beat the Snappers 7-5 to hand Beloit its seventh straight loss. Pearce gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out two batters and gave up two home runs.
He is 7-9 with a 2.94 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 17 walks in 107 innings for the Chiefs this season.
Also of note in Saturday’s game: Chiefs shortstop Oscar Mercado stole two bases, giving him a Midwest League-best 41 this season. According to the Chiefs, no Peoria player has stolen more than 41 bases since Matt Lemanczyk swiped 56 in 2003.