Oakland Athletics prospect Bryce Conley is off to a great start this season, as he still hasn’t given up a hit after pitching 10 innings for the Beloit Snappers.
Six of those innings came Thursday as part of a three-pitcher no-hitter vs. the Bees at Burlington’s Community Field. The Snappers won the game 2-0.
Conley’s only blemish in Thursday’s game was a walk issued to Gleyvin Pineda with two outs in the 6th inning. The right-hander struck out four batters.
Ironically, Conley walked one, struck out four, and gave up no hits in his only other appearance this season, a four-inning save against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday. It’s a big improvement for Conley — a 22nd-round draft pick in 2017 — who went 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA, 28 strikeouts, 23 walks and four hit-batsmen in 25 innings (15 games/four starts) in the short-season New York-Penn League last year.
LHP Ty Damron pitched the 7th and 8th innings of the no-hitter. He walked two and struck out two, and threw a wild pitch.
LHP Josh Reagan pitched the 9th inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Torii Hunter Jr. grounded out to end the game.
Austin Beck and Miguel Mercedes drove in runs for the Snappers.
This is the second combined no-hitter in Snappers history, with the other achieved by Zach Erwin and Joseph Camacho last August at Pohlman Field. (I was at the Erwin-Camacho no-hitter, which you can read about here.)