Tempe Angels No-Hit the Phoenix A’s

Left to right: Ricky Alvarez, C.J. Bressoud, pitching coach Trevor Wilson, Josh Blanco and Jeremy Gillan. Photo courtesy Tempe Diablo Stadium employee Tom DeCenso.


UPDATE August 18, 2009 11:30 AM PDT — Rodney Johnson, the official scorer for the no-hitter, e-mailed to give me the link to his article about the game. Click Here to read Rodney’s article. He notes that former Angels minor leaguer Jason Stockstill pitched a no-hitter for Mesa in 1995.

UPDATE August 19, 2009 4:30 AM PDT — Better late than never, MiLB.com acknowledges that the no-hitter happened. And with quite a nice photo. Click Here to read the article.

Did that really happen?

Three Tempe Angels pitchers combined to no-hit the Phoenix A’s Friday night, but according to Minor League Baseball’s official web site no one knows about it.

Four Daytona Cubs pitchers combined Saturday night to throw a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against Dunedin. That got MiLB’s attention. But the Tempe no-no didn’t. According to MiLB.com:

[Cubs reliever David] Cales, who wasn’t aware of what he’d done until he reached the dugout, took great pride in finishing off the Minors’ second no-hitter in as many days and third this week.

“After the game, they came up and said you threw a no-hitter together,” Cales revealed. “I said, ‘Oh, really? That’s awesome.’

“So much goes through your mind when you get put in line with those great names, like Kerry Wood,” he added. “These are only once-in-a-lifetime chances. I can’t put into words how good this feels.”

Oklahoma City’s Luis Mendoza fired a nine-inning no-hitter against on Friday night in the Pacific Coast League and Cory Rasmus tossed a seven-inning gem for Danville of the Appalachian League on Tuesday.

No mention of Friday night’s Tempe no-hitter.

But it did happen, as reported on MiLB’s Scoreboard page. Click Here to see the box score.

Starter Jose Perez, on rehab assignment from the Kernels, struck out nine in the first five innings. Josh Blanco pitched three no-hit innings, and then converted catcher C.J. Bressoud retired the A’s 1-2-3- in the 9th to complete the no-no. Jeremy Gillan caught the game.

The above photo was sent to me by Tempe Diablo employee Tom DeCenso. He got together several of the players from the game, along with pitching coach Trevor Wilson. Tom got the scoreboard in the background with the no-hit line on it, but unfortunately the stadium lighting wasn’t good enough for his camera to get decent resolution.

I’ve always said summer rookie ball in the minor league camps is a wonderful little secret most people don’t know about. But not reporting Tempe’s no-hitter takes that a bit too far.

UPDATE August 17, 2009 3:00 AM PDT — Pilljoon Jang made his own run at a no-hitter last night, pitching four perfect innings against the Peoria Mariners. But with one out in the top of the 5th, Jang gave up a solo homer.


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