Sunday Farm Report: Isotopes No No-No, Foiled in the 9th, Again
Triple-A Albuquerque came within three outs of the first no-hitter in Isotopes history on Saturday night, the second time this season the team has reached the ninth inning looking for the historic moment and came up short.
Garrett Stubbs (.318) led off the bottom of the ninth for Fresno with a double off Scott McCough, the fifth Isotopes pitcher. McCough retired the next three batters to finish off a 10-0 Albuquerque victory.
At Tacoma, on May 1, the Isotopes saw another no-hitter bid disappear when Ian Miller led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off D.J. Johnson, who finished up with the save in the 3-1 victory. Jeff Hoffman pitched the first 5 1/3 innings of that game.
The Holiday Watch
Veteran Matt Holliday was 0-for-5 with a strikeout, but did drive in a run for AAA Albuquerque Saturday. He is hitting .231 in his comeback attempt at the age of 38.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (55-63) won 10-0 at Fresno. Sam Howard (5.21) started and worked four hitless innings, walking two and striking out five. Brooks Pounders (1-3, 3.91), the fourth of five Isotopes pitchers in the combined one-hitter, was credited with the victory after working two innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Jordan Patterson (.275) was 3-for-4 with his 22nd home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
AA Hartford (53-62) was rained out against Bowie.
High A Lancaster (30-19 2nd half; 63-56) lost 3-1 at Rancho Cucamonga. Matt Dennis (7-12, 5.84) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out 11, in six innings. Bret Boswell (.381) doubled.
Low A Asheville (25-22 2nd half; 52-64) won 6-4 at Greensboro. Nick Kennedy (3-12, 7.52) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two, in five innings. Tommy Doyle (2.44) earned his 12th save. Ramon Marcelino (.232) hit his 21st home run.
Short-season A Boise (5-11 2nd half; 26-28) lost 7-2 against Spokane. Nick Bush (2-3, 4.34) allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 1/2 innings, striking out two. Cade Harris (.240) hit his fifth home run.
Rookie Grand Junction (10-5 2nd half; 30-23) lost 15-7 against Helena. Alejandro Mejia (2-4, 8.24) allowed 10 runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out three, in 3 2/3 innings. Niko Decolati (.326) was 2-for-5 with his seventh home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
Dominican Summer League South (20-40) lost 10- at Mets1. Brayan Castillo (1-3, 3.92) allowed six runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two, in three innings. Jonathan Mezquita (.171) was 2-for-3 with a double.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (42-18) won 5-2 against the Mariners. Luis Amoroso (5-2, 4.76) earned the win with three shutout innings, in which he struck out six. Raymells Rosa (2.25) earned his 16th save, striking out two of three batters. Kleiver Osorio (1.81) started and allowed two runs on five hits, striking out two, in four innings. Walking Cabrera (.268) was 2-for-3 with a double, his fifth home run, two runs scored and two RBI.