There have already been three no-hitters at the Major League level this season, and now the Minors has had their first, courtesy of Shelby Miller and the Iowa bullpen. Miller tossed the first three innings, followed by another three by Tommy Nance (who earned the win and also drove in the winning run on a sac fly), two by Brad Wieck and the final by Ryan Meisinger.
Miller, Nance and Wieck each struck out five batters apiece. Miller mixed his repertoire well, Nance was throwing smoke. I missed Wieck’s two innings, but it appears he pitched lights out, as only one opposing hitter managed to make contact against him. Meisinger walked the leadoff man in the 9th, but managed to seal the win and the no-hitter.
- Shelby Miller: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K
- Tommy Nance: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (W, 1-0)
- Brad Wieck: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
- Ryan Meisinger: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (S, 1)
- Abiatal Avelino: 2-4, RBI, SB (1)
- Andrew Romine: 1-2, R, BB
- D.J. Artis: 0-0, R, BB, SB (1)
The Smokies offense hit a bunch of doubles (5), and got hit a bunch of times (5) by the Biscuits staff, but the Smokies staff got hit even harder (10 H, 5 XBH), and hit a few batters (3) of their own.
- Vance Vizcaino: 1-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
- Christian Donahue: 2-5, 2B, R, SB (3)
- Tyler Payne: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, SF
- Levi Jordan: 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP
- Connor Myers: 2-3, 2B, RBI, HBP
- Jake Slaughter: 1-3, 2B, R, HBP
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
Not only did Iowa record the first MiLB no-hitter of 2021, the Smokies staff came within a strike of recording their own earlier this week. But unfortunately, not only did they not complete it, the hit they surrendered in the 9th was a 3-run homer, resulting in a loss.
South Bend PPD
Its been a week-long struggle for the young Myrtle Beach lineup against the Charleston staff. They showed some life in a couple of games, but in general their at bats haven’t been good, and at times they’ve looked completely overmatched. This game was an example of the latter. The Pelicans recorded just three hits while striking out a whopping 17 times.
It is too early to panic, for most of the lineup it is their first week of games in full-season ball and each guy has sprinkled in some good plate appearances, but it hasn’t been fun to watch.
The Pelicans offensive woes overshadowed a really nice outing by starter Manuel Espinoza, who punched out seven over five shutout innings.
- Manuel Espinoza: 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 7 K
- Jose Miguel Gonzalez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
- Edmond Americaan: 1-3, 2B
Filed under: Daily Cubs Minors Recap