The South Bend Cubs swept the Fort Wayne TinCaps in their three-game, Tuesday-to-Thursday series pitting the Midwest League’s two Indiana teams against each other. The highlight was the middle contest, in which South Bend’s Rollie Lacy and Ben Hecht combined to no-hit their opponents.
Lacy pitched the first seven innings, striking out six and walking two. Hecht pitched the last two innings, striking out two and walking none.
It is the seventh no-hitter for the South Bend franchise, and the first since 2014, the last season the team was affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team’s affiliation with the Chicago Cubs began after that season.
(The 2014 no-hitter was by Silver Hawks RHP Blayne Weller in a game televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. You can read my post about it here.)
Abbott earns monthly award
The Chicago Cubs named Cory Abbott their minor-league pitcher of the month for May.
Abbott, a 22-year-old right-hander, made six starts for South Bend last month, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 11 walks in 30.1 innings. Opponents batted .227 against him.
He was promoted to High-A Myrtle Beach this week. He earned a win in his first start for the Pelicans on Thursday. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in six innings.