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The No-Hitters Keep Coming

August has been a good month for minor league no-hitters – there have been approximately 412 so far (that might be a slight exaggeration), with three more added to the list on Saturday.

In the Arizona League, three Athletics pitchers combined to hold the Angels hitless – payback, perhaps, for August 14, when the Angels did the same to the A’s.  There was only one problem: the Angels won both games.

Hector Garcia started and went five innings, striking out five and walking two.  One of those walks came in the fifth, to the leadoff batter, who advanced to second on a passed ball, to third on a groundout, and to home on another groundout.

After Christopher Mederos pitched two perfect innings, Daniel Tenholder got the call.  He pitched a perfect eighth, but in the ninth, two consecutive errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases with nobody out.  The end was anticlimactic: a walk-off walk to Randal Grichuk.  So I guess, technically, it was an eight inning no-hitter.

The outcome of the Northwest League game between Salem-Keizer and Everett was a bit more traditional.  Three Volcanoes pitchers combined for the no-hitter, but these guys managed to win the game, 8-0.  Craig Westcott went the first five, striking out six and walking two to run his overall record to 6-0 between two levels (he also has 51 strikeouts in 33.1 innings), before turning things over to Brandon Graves and Wilber Bucardo for the last twelve outs.

The finest performance of the day was turned in by Erie’s Thad Weber.  Weber went the full nine innings against Akron, striking out ten without walking a batter.  Only a third inning error and an eighth inning hit batsman stood in the way of a perfect game.  His teammates made it easy for him, scoring seven runs in the fourth en route to a 16-0 drubbing of the visiting Aeros.

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One No-Hitter, Two No-Hitter, Three No-Hitter, Fo–No, Never Mind, Just Three

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.

Update: John Sickels was on-hand for Mendoza’s no-hitter.