Matt Pearce’s record streak for innings pitched without a walk came to an end when the Peoria Chiefs right-hander issued a base on balls in the 3rd inning of Friday’s game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Pearce had pitched 54.1 innings since the last time he walked a batter, on June 8. He bested the previous Midwest League record of 45 consecutive innings without a walk, set by Danville Warriors RHP Bill Castro in 1973, on July 26.
He ended up walking two batters in Friday’s game, which was won 2-0 by the Chiefs. He got the win, improving to 8-9 with a 2.78 ERA after pitching 6.1 scoreless innings.
TinCaps catcher Jose Ruiz was the player who drew the walk that ended Pearce’s streak. Ruiz had a notable night behind the plate, going 5-for-6 in throwing out would-be basestealers. He threw out three runners in the bottom of the 1st inning, and twice threw out Oscar Mercado, who leads the Midwest League in stolen bases.