Pearce extends record for innings pitched without a walk

Peoria Chiefs RHP Matt Pearce extended his Midwest League record for consecutive innings pitched without walking a batter Saturday. (Photo by Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria Chiefs RHP Matt Pearce extended his Midwest League record for consecutive innings pitched without walking a batter Saturday. (Photo by Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

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.

Peoria Chiefs SS Oscar Mercado (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Peoria Chiefs SS Oscar Mercado (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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