The bats are still tired.
Four Colorado Springs pitchers combined to no-hit Oklahoma City tonight. The starter was one of Eric’s favorites, Jhoulys Chacin, a fixture on the Z-Meter before his promotion to the majors late last month. He appeared in five games with the Rockies before being sent back to Triple-A when the team called up Adam Eaton.
Tuesday’s start was his first since returning to the minors and his first at the Triple-A level. He started off on the right foot, pitching into the sixth, walking three, and striking out three.
Chacin was relieved by Joel Peralta (0.2 innings), who was relieved by Juan Rincon (2.0 innings), who was relieved by Randy Flores (1.0 innings). None of the relievers allowed a baserunner – 4.1 innings of perfect relief. And that’s how you build a no-hitter.
(Fun fact that may only interest me: Chacin is 21 years old. The three pitchers who followed him into this game are 33, 30, and 34, respectively.)