Odorizzi, three Bulls relievers no-hit Pawtucket

May. 05, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

Jake Odorizzi and three Durham Bulls relief pitchers combined on an historic Sunday performance.

The four Durham pitchers combined to throw just the second no-hitter in the team’s International League history as the Bulls defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-1 at McCoy Stadium.

Odorizzi (3-0) pitched the first seven innings, before Frank De Los Santos, Taylor Yates and Jeff Beliveau kept Pawtucket hitless over the final two innings despite allowing one run.

In the ninth, Beliveau fired a third strike past Jeremy Hazelbaker to catcher Craig Albernaz to preserve Odorizzi’s stellar start.

A native of nearby Providence, Beliveau was summoned with two out in the bottom of the 9th as Durham’s fourth pitcher. Pitching to Albernaz, a Fall River, Mass. native, he inherited Pawtucket’s Mark Hamilton, who represented the tying run. Beliveau’s final pitch, resulting in his fourth strikeout against as many batters in the series, sealed the Bulls’ first no-hitter since Jason Hamel and Juan Salas combined to beat Columbus, 2-1, on July 16, 2006.

It also marked the first time the PawSox were no-hit in a nine-inning game since Toledo’s Jose Lima blanked them, 3-0, on Aug. 17, 1994. The game nearly ended in a far different outcome immediately before Beliveau entered and picked up his first save of the season.

Pawtucket started the inning by putting the first two on base, thanks to walks by Yates. After a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Dent, Brandon Snyder hammered a pitch to deep center field, only to see Durham’s Rich Thompson make a sensational over-the-shoulder catch a step in front of the wall. Snyder’s drive scored Ryan Lavarnway to draw the Sox within, 2-1. But the contest ended with Hamilton still in scoring position and the PawSox 0-for-6 with runners ins scoring position. Overall, Pawtucket stranded six runners, including five in the last three innings, failing to capitalize on eight walks. Odorizzi (3-0), a righthander, overcame his four walks, but left after seven innings and 95 pitches. Opposite Pawtucket knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-1), Odorizzi was staked to an early lead with a pair of unearned runs. The Bulls scored first after Wright walked a pair with two out in the top of the 1st and Snyder committed an error at third base on Vince Belnome’s sharp ground ball. Ahead 1-0, Durham scored its second run in the 2nd on a Lavarnway passed ball. But De Los Santos, who walked two in 2/3 of an inning, Yates and Beliveau were able to close out the milestone victory to earn a split of the four-game series.

 

Durham             AB             R             H             RBI             Pawtucket       AB             R             H             RBI     

Thompson,CF            4             0             0             0            Henry, Ju, CF 4             0             0             0         

Bourgeois,LF            5             0             1             0             Diaz, J, SS        4             0             0             0         

Fontenot, SS             3             1             1             0             Lavarnway, C             2             1             0             0

Myers, RF             3             0             1             0             Hamilton, 1B    2             0             0             0

Belnome, 2B             4             0             0             0             Brentz, LF        2             0             0             0

Gimenez, 1B             4             0             0             0             Dent, LF        1             0             0             0

Figueroa, 3B             4             1             1             0             Snyder, B, 3B   2             0             0             1

Apodaca, DH             3             0             1             0             Hazlbaker,RF 2             0             0             0

Albernaz, C             4             0             1             0             Butler, D, DH 3             0             0             0

                                                                        Holt, 2B        2             0             0             0

Totals               34             2             6             0             Totals               24             1             0             1

 

Durham                   110             000             000 --            2

Pawtucket                   000             000             001 --             1

 

E: Snyder, B. LOB: Durham 11, Pawtucket 6. 2B: Myers. SB: Bourgeois.

 

Durham             IP             H             R             ER             BB             SO                  

Odorizzi (W)    7.0             0             0             0             4             3         

De Los Santos   2/3             0             0             0             2             1         

Yates                1.0             0             1             1             2             1         

Beliveau  (Sv)    1/3             0             0             0             0             1

Pawtucket             IP             H             R             ER             BB             SO                   

Wright, S (L)       2.0             2             2             0             3             1         

Godfrey              5.0             2             0             0             0             2         

Rowland            1.0             0             0             0             0             0

Carpenter, C      1.0             2             0             0             1             0

WP: Wright, S., HBP: Apodaca (by Godfrey), Myers (by Godfrey).