Two no-hitters were thrown in the minor leagues Saturday, and both were started by former Midwest League pitchers.
The first one happened at Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. (Not to be confused with Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons.) Four Mud Hens hurlers — Warwick Saupold, Preston Guilmet, Logan Kensing and Bobby Parnell — combined to throw Toledo’s first no-hitter in 20 years. Saupold (2012 West Michigan Whitecaps) pitched the first five innings.
Saupold, a native of Perth, Australia, went 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA, two saves, 58 strikeouts and 10 walks in 58 innings (28 games) for the Whitecaps. Guilmet also pitched in the Midwest League, for the 2010 Lake County Captains. He went 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 11 saves, 79 strikeouts and 10 walks in 52 innings (30 games).
The second no-hitter took place at Henley Field, the Lakeland Flying Tigers’ home this season due to an ongoing renovation project at Joker Marchant Stadium. Brad Allen, Adonys Cardona and Tim Mayza combined to pitch a seven-inning no-hitter for the Dunedin Blue Jays, the team’s first since 1992. Allen pitched the first four innings of the game.
Allen pitched in the Midwest League in 2013 and 2014, for the South Bend Silver Hawks and the Lansing Lugnuts. (In fact, he pitched a Silver Hawks no-hitter in August 2013!) He made 22 starts and two relief appearances for the Silver Hawks and 15 starts for the Lugnuts, cumulatively going 14-11 with a 3.95 ERA, two shutouts, 203 strikeouts and 64 walks in 209.2 Midwest League innings.
Cardona and Mayza also pitched for the Lugnuts, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Cardona went 0-3 with a 8.71 ERA, 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 10.1 innings (five games/three starts). Mayza fared better in the Midwest League, going 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA, three saves, 62 strikeouts and 27 walks in 55.2 innings (26 games/one start).