For the second time this season, the Peoria Chiefs came within two outs of pitching a no-hitter.
The Chiefs had to settle for a 7-0 win over the Clinton LumberKings, and their second one-hitter of the season — which looks to have been changed to a two-hitter after the fact.
Chiefs starter Austin Sexton struck out 10 and walked none in seven hitless innings, but was not bidding for a perfect game because of a 5th-inning play originally ruled an error by Peoria’s leftfielder. Here’s how Journal Star sports reporter Dave Eminian described the play:
Sexton’s perfect game ended when Clinton’s Nick Zammarelli sent a towering, wind-blown flyball to the warning track in left field. Peoria left fielder Vince Jackson misplayed it, lunged and missed as the ball fell. It was ruled an error.
Apparently the play was later changed to a double for Zammarelli, which is what the game’s box score now reflects. But at the time, Sexton left after the 7th inning with a no-hitter intact. Reliever Brady Bowen pitched a perfect 8th inning before reliever Dewin Perez gave up a one-out single to Jhombeyker Morales in the top of the 9th to end the no-hit bid.
The change in scoring doesn’t change the fact that Sexton pitched a great game, and it came just three days after Mike O’Reilly threw an 85-pitch, 9-inning two-hitter for the Chiefs against the Kane County Cougars. O’Reilly’s gem was the fifth shutout thrown in the Midwest League this season; earlier this month I wrote about the first four shutouts here.
O’Reilly took a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Beloit Snappers on May 20. You can read about that game here.
Wong homers in rehab finale
St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong recently completed a three-game rehab stint with the Chiefs. He collected only one hit, but it was a memorable one for fans in attendance, as Wong blasted a 377-foot homer out of Dozer Park in his second at-bat of Thursday’s game against the Cougars.
Wong’s professional career began with the 2011 Quad Cities River Bandits, who were the Cardinals’ Midwest League affiliate at that time. I wrote about Wong’s stats with Quad Cities in this recent post.
Adam West in the MWL
Actor Adam West, who famously portrayed Batman on television in the late 1960s, died Friday at age 88.
According to Baseball Reference, there has been only one Adam West who played professional baseball. The left-hander pitched in the Cardinals farm system from 1994 to 1998, and pitched for Peoria in 1995 (as a starter) and 1997 (as a reliever). He appeared in 66 MWL games, going 3-7 with a 4.48 ERA, 88 strikeouts and 57 walks in 78.1 innings.
He finished his pitching career in High-A, the top level he reached in Minor League Baseball.