Friday was a wild day for pitching in the minors, with three no-hitters on the schedule.
The first no-no came in the Arizona League, a combined job by three members of the Angels staff. Jose Perez started and was dominant for five innings, striking out nine and walking one. Joshua Blanco came on for three innings and walked two more batters before C.J. Bressoud closed it out with a perfect ninth.
At 24, I thought Bressoud was a bit old to be playing in Rookie ball. Baseball-Reference has him as a catcher in 2004, 2008, and parts of 2009, with his only pitching stats accumulating this season. I’m guessing he’s in the middle of a conversion, and a good one: 2-0, 1.74, with 29 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.
No-hitter number two was also pitched by a player in Rookie ball, this time in the Gulf Coast League. Dennis Tepera, a 21-year-old Texan, went seven for the Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader, walking one and striking out seven. It was his second low-hit game in less than a month, following a July 25 outing against the Pirates that saw him allow no hits while striking out five.
Tepera was opposed by Rayni Guichardo who had a pretty good outing himself: one run on four hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. His undoing came in the bottom of the fifth, when Oliver Dominguez hit his second homerun for the game’s only score.
And finally, Oklahoma City’s Luis Mendoza pitched the Pacific Coast League’s third no-hitter this season, shutting down Salt Lake, 5-0. Justin Smoak and Chris Davis supplied the offense, hitting two doubles each and driving in four runs between them. It was Mendoza’s sixth win of the season and he struck out six, walked six, and threw 125 pitches to do it.