Rays Prospects, Relievers Combine To No-Hit Pawtucket
Congratulations to Durham Bulls pitchers Jake Odorizzi, Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates, and Jeff Beliveau who combined to throw a no-hitter (combined line 9 IP, 1R/ER, 0 H, 6 K, 8 BB) against the Pawtucket Pawsox by a final score of 2-1. It was the 2nd no-hitter in the Durham Bulls since joining the International League and the first since 2006 when Jason Hammel and Juan Salas combined to no-hit the Columbus Clippers by a final score of 4-1. The last time that Pawtucket was no hit was by the late Jose Lima in 1994 when he was a member of the Toledo Mud Hens.
Jake Odorizzi (3-0, 2.65 ERA) worked the first 7 innings walking 4 and striking out 3 and after 95 pitches (55 for strikes) was replaced by Frank De Los Santos. De Los Santos recorded 2 outs including 1 strike out but was lifted for Kirby Yates after walking a pair of Pawsox hitters. With runners at 2nd and 3rd and the Bulls holding a 2-0 lead Yates struck out Jonathon Diaz to end the inning.
The Pawsox started a rally in the 9th thanks to back to back walks to start the inning. Ryan Dent was retired on a sacrifice bunt and Brandon Snyder drove a ball to deep center that was tracked down by Rich Thompson but a run scored and the Bulls lead was cut in half at 2-1. The Bulls went to their bullpen one more time summoning lefty Jeff Beliveau to face Jeremy Hazelbaker with the no-hitter and the game in doubt and Beliveau preserved the victory and the no-hitter by striking him out.
Jake Odorizzi was acquired from the Kansas City Royals along with Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard in exchange for James Shields, Wade Davis, and Elliot Johnson now has a string of 15 scoreless innings under his belt and is quickly moving into the lead position as the first pitcher to be called up should the Rays need a starter in their rotation.
Frank De Los Santos is a hard throwing lefty signed by the Rays out of the Dominican Republic in February of 2006 and after spending his first 4 years as a starting pitcher has spent the last 3 years working primarily in relief.
Kirby Yates was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2006 draft but chose to attend Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and sat out the 2007 season. The Rays signed him as an undrafted free agent in June of 2009. Early in his Rays career he bounced between the bullpen and the rotation but has now settled in as a reliever.
The Rays picked up Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 16, 2013.