Mike Loree is too good for the Northwest League.
I first considered writing about Loree about two weeks ago, when he was in the midst of a remarkable stretch in which he retired 62 of 63 batters over four starts for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (A-, Northwest League). If you want empirical proof that Wins and Losses are vastly overrated, look no further than Loree’s results from those games:
June 25: 5 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts – NO DECISION
June 30: 6 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – WIN
July 5: 7 innings, 1 run, 1 hit, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – LOSS
July 11: 7 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts – NO DECISION
In his next two outings, on July 16 and 21, Loree came back down to earth, allowing six runs on fifteen hits in nine innings. He struck out a total of just six batters and also issued his first walk of the season.
Because yesterday, 21-year-old righthander was at it again, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the fourth time. He allowed two hits, a walk, and a run before leaving after 6.2 innings, but his team managed to get him some runs and the bullpen held the line for a 3-1 win that evened his record at 2-2.