Anybody hungry for pro baseball on Wednesday had to turn to the minor leagues. That's what happens during the All-Star break. Almost like they knew this was their chance to shine, the hurlers on the farm had a heck of a day.
There were two no-hitters thrown, a one-hitter that came in an All-Star game and a near third no-hitter that was broken up in the eighth inning. Here are the particulars:
• Victor Sanchez, the Seattle Mariners No. 6 prospect, tossed a no-no for the Single-A Clinton LumberKings against the Lansing Lugnuts while his mother and wife looked on. The 18-year-old struck out eight and pitched all nine innings.
• The Salem Red Sox (Single-A) got a combined no-hitter from Henry Owens, Matty Ott, and Matt Price, who struck out a combined 14 batters against the Frederick Keys (which is actually a team, not a college professor as the name suggests).
• In the Southern League All-Star game, 11 Double-A pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter for the South team, which beat the North 6-0. The lone hit came off of Tim Crabbe of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (a Cincinnati Reds affiliate) in the sixth inning.
• Two pitchers from the San Jose Giants (Single-A) held the Modesto Nuts hitless until the eighth inning when Niko Gallego (son of Mike Gallego) hit a two-run homer that turned out to be a game-winner since the Giants hadn't managed to score. The Nuts, a Colorado Rockies affiliate, won 2-0.
You might think two no-hitters in the same day is a rarity — since in the big leagues it's a big deal when we see one. But actually, with the number of minor league teams out there, seeing two MILB no-hitters in the same day isn't as uncommon as you might guess.
The last time there were two Minor League Baseball no-hitters, actually, was May 9. Paul Demny and Ian Krol combined for one with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators while the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps got a combined no-no from Max Fried, Matthew Shepherd, Leonel Campos and Roman Madrid.
Before that, double no-hitters also happened on Sept. 2 and July 11 of 2012.
According to this amazing list — we bow to those who've assembled it — there have been 18 no-hitters this season in Minor League Baseball, compared to two in the Major League Baseball. Big difference.
The last time there were two no-hitters on the same day in MLB was June 29, 1990.
They were thrown by Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Stewart. It's only happened one other time in MLB history, and that was way back in 1898 when Jay Hughes and Ted Breitenstein threw them on April 22.