Posts Tagged ‘DSL Phillies’

Another No-Hitter From Last Night

Usually, I check minor league box scores at night to see if anything interesting is going on – no-hitters, multi-homerun games, and anything else that catches my eye.  Whatever I miss (the California League usually runs late, for example, so I often don’t see the final scores before heading to bed), I try to look at when I get home from work the next day.

I was so focused on the no-hitters by Jhoulys Chacin et al and Simon Castro last night that my box score viewing stopped short at the Class A level, which is a shame because the Rookie leagues almost always have something interesting going on.  Fortunately, I recently subscribed to, which tracks the best performances each day across all levels.

They alerted me to the phenomenal outing by Daniel De La Cruz of the Dominican Summer League Phillies, who dominated the Mariners with a nine-inning, no walk, twelve strikeout no-hitter.  His game score, according to Minor League Splits, was 99. Just three batters reached, the first on an error leading off the fifth and the other two when they were hit by pitches in the seventh and ninth.

De La Cruz, who turned 19 nine days ago, improved his record to 3-4 with the no-hitter and lowered his ERA to 1.03.

Gerson No-Hits DSL Cubs, Strikes Out Eleven

Starlin Gerson has pitched some pretty good games for the Dominican Summer League Reds this season, including an eighteen day stretch in late June and early July where he allowed ten hits in 21.1 innings while striking out 28.

As good as that run was, he managed to outdo it on Monday, completely shutting down the DSL Cubs with a complete game, nine-inning no-hitter. Only three batters reached base against the 20-year-old righty (one on a fifth inning error, two on sixth inning walks), who struck out eleven. His game score was a whopping 96.

A no-hitter is impressive in any league, but it’s an even greater achievement in the DSL, where the age and rawness of the players means that complete games and shutouts are rare commodities. Gerson’s gem was just the 22nd complete game in the league this season, his shutout the ninth.

(Remember Felix Cespedes, the DSL Phillies pitcher who pitched nine perfect innings with fourteen strikeouts and got a no decision? I just stumbled upon him again and couldn’t believe his next game – seven innings, one hit, nine strikeouts. Dude is eighteen-years-old. He is now bookmarked.)

If Felix Cespedes Didn’t Have Bad Luck, He’d Have No Luck At All

Driving home from work this afternoon, I caught the tail end of Mark Buehrle’s interview on Jim Rome’s radio show. Rome mentioned that following Buehrle’s 2007 no-hitter, the pitcher had given his teammates watches as a reward for their part in the career highlighting event. The next question, of course, dealt with DeWayne Wise, maker of the history-saving ninth inning catch, and what Buehrle could possibly do to show his gratitude (Rome suggested a new house).

Felix Cespedes should seriously consider buying his teammates…nothing.

The eighteen-year-old Dominican righthander pitched the game of his life for the DSL Phillies on Tuesday. Twenty-seven times members of the rival DSL Mariners came to the plate against him, and twenty-seven times they went back to the dugout without reaching base. Fourteen of those went down on strikes, raising Cespedes league-leading total to 73 on the year, as he attained one of the most astonishing heights a pitcher can reach.

Problem was, Cespedes’ Phillies teammates didn’t do so good with the scoring of the runs, pushing across a grand total of zero in the first nine innings. They certainly had their opportunities: four times, including the top of the ninth, a runner was thrown out attempting to score. He ended up coming out after nine and eventually saw things fall apart: the perfecto went buh-bye in the tenth, the first batter of the twelfth finished the no-hitter, and the fourth batter of the twelfth ended the shutout and lost the game for the visitors.

And so goes the young career of Felix Cespedes, who despite pitching a fourteen strikeout perfect game still holds a season record of 0-4.