Season 20-10; Road Trip: 5-3
Jake Odorizzi and three of his colleagues no-hit the Pawtucket Red Sox up at McCoy Stadium today.
At the end of 7 innings Odorizzi was at 95 pitches and both the 6th and 7th innings had been a bit scary with Odorizzi walking a couple of guys in each. When Frank de los Santos came in for the 8th, things didn’t look a lot better, since he gave up two walks and left the game with two outs and runners on second and third. Kirby Yates killed that threat and took the game into the 9th. The he got BB-itis as well. Two walks and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with just one out. A run scored when Rich Thompson chased down a deep fly ball for a sacrifice fly. Rhode Island native Jeff Beliveau came in and got a K for the final out.
No need to second-guess Charlie Montoyo on this one. At 95 pitches, two innings to go and shaky control, it was time for Mr. Odorizzi to rest on his well-earned laurels.
Trivia: The 8 walks granted by the Bulls was tied for the most in a game this season.
Oddity: None of the Bulls two runs were earned, but the Bulls allowed an earned run. Without mistakes by the Red Sox (wild pitches, passed balls, and errors) the Bulls could have had a no-hitter and lost the game.
More trivia: The Bulls left 9 runners in scoring position.
Even more trivia: Thanks to Stacy Long over at Biscuit Crumb, Rays' system no-hitters.
In the “some teams never learn” category: the Red Sox tried to steal on Craig Albernaz again, and got thrown out, again. Also, I wonder if this was Albernaz’ first time catching a no-hitter? Here’s hoping someone asks him that question soon.
Update: It was Albernaz' first no-hitter as a pro.
Outside the game —
- Terrific catch by former Durham Bull Justin Ruggiano today.
And now watch the video of the last pitch: