Indians righthander Trey Haley (second round, 2008) began his third season in the low Class A Lake County rotation on a much sweeter note than he finished either of the first two. The same pitcher who went 9-19, 5.81 with 154/151 strikeouts/walks in 46 appearances for the Captains in 2009-10 tossed three hitless innings against Dayton last night to kick off a three-pitcher no-hitter, the minors' first this season.
Dayton's Juan Duran (Reds) drew a walk to lead off the third inning, advanced to second on a Haley wild pitch, stole third and then scored on a second Haley wild pitch, so despite collecting zero hits the Dragons tallied one score and lost by a 3-1 count.
Haley worked three innings, striking out four and walking two. Lefty Francisco Jimenez (Dominican Republic, 2007) and righthander Clayton Ehlert (NDFA, 2010) completed six shutout innings and preserved the no-hitter.
• Diamondbacks 2007 first-rounder Jarrod Parker leaped to Double-A in ’09 and looked good doing it by striking out 74 batters in 78 1/3 innings. The stay proved to be brief, however, because the righthander didn't pitch after July 30 and ultimately required Tommy John surgery on his elbow. Parker returned to action yesterday with Double-A Mobile after missing August ’09 and all of last season and hit 95 mph, but the results . . . well, they seemed typical of someone who has been out of action for a year. He struck out five in 3 2/3 innings and induced one double play, but Parker otherwise looked rusty in allowing eight runs on six hits, three walks and a home run. He hit two batters and committed one balk. Ben Badler will have more for subscribers on Parker's start later this week.
• Padres left fielder Jaff Decker homered and so did five other Double-A San Antonio players (including starting pitcher Matt Buschmann) in a lopsided 23-10 win at Tulsa. Batting third, Decker went 3-for-6 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and two strikeouts. San Antonio right fielder Sawyer Carroll and shortstop Beamer Weems each homered twice in the game. The 23 runs allowed was a Drillers record, and, according to the club, the most runs ever scored against a Tulsa professional baseball team dating back to 1905.
• Dodgers left fielder/first baseman Jerry Sands could get used to this Albuquerque place. The 23-year-old slugger belted this third Triple-A dinger in three games yesterday, adding three RBIs and a walk in the Isotopes' 6-5 win against Iowa. In five games this season, all at home, Sands has batted 8-for-19 (.421) with three homers, a double and nine RBIs.
• You've heard of wardrobe malfunctions, but last night Triple-A Salt Lake earned a 13th-inning decision against visiting Tucson when right fielder Jeremy Moore scored the game's decisive run when the umpire cited Padres catcher Guillermo Quiroz for "detached equipment." In the eyes of umpire Mike Muchlinski, Quiroz used his face mask to corral a rolling Greg Burke pitch that the veteran backstop had blocked in front of him. The penalty: all baserunners advance one base, so Moore trotted home from third base.
The Padres' three- and four-hitters have enjoyed their season-opening road trip through Colorado Springs and Salt Lake City. Second baseman Logan Forsythe has gone 8-for-20 (.400) with two homers, three doubles, seven walks and nine RBIs, while first baseman Anthony Rizzo has belted a homer, two doubles and driven in 10 as part of his 9-for-27 (.333) start.
• Twins 2010 first-round righthander Alex Wimmers walked the first six batters he faced and recorded no outs before being pulled from his season debut with high Class A Fort Myers. He threw 28 pitches, 4 strikes and three wild pitches in a game won 9-2 by visiting St. Lucie.
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