The second week of the Minor League season is in the books, and there were cycles, no-hitters, triple plays, and more.
As is the case in Minor League Baseball, double-headers are shortened to a pain of seven inning ballgames, and early in the season there are plenty of double-headers thanks to weather. On Wednesday, the West Virginia Power managed to pull off a seven inning no-hitter against the Hagerstown Suns…and lost. A walk, hit-by-pitch, and two more walks in the top of the first inning gave the Suns the lone run of the ballgame, a 1-0 victory despite being no-hit by a trio of Power pitchers, Jake Burnette, Jose Regalado, and Eric Dorsch.
Later in that same day, James Dykstra put together a seven inning no-no of his own, and his team got the win. Dykstra struck out just three in seven innings, and the only base runner he allowed was a leadoff walk in the fourth inning, a runner whom he promptly picked off. The outfielders were completely unnecessary on the day, as not a single ball made it out of the infield.
At the plate, there was a pair of cycles coming from Todd Glaesmann and Adam Duvall. Glaesman, a 24 year old outfielder in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, began the year in Class A Advanced Visalia, but rode his .429 average and .943 slugging over the first week of the season back to Double-A where he spent each of the past two seasons.
Duvall hit 30 home runs between the Triple-A and the big leagues last year, hit his fourth home run of the young season en route to a cycle against Salt Lake City on Sunday. He wound up going 5/6 on the day with a pair of doubles and four RBIs, he struck out in his lone trip that didn’t result in a hit.
With two runs having already scored by the Omaha Storm Chasers against, they put another two on with still nobody out in the top of the first inning. Cheslor Cuthbert then hit a sharp grounder to New Orleans Zephyrs third baseman Derek Dietrich, who started a rare 5-3-4-6 triple play.
Jack Lopez of the Wilmington Blue Rocks intentionally dropped a soft liner from John Ruettiger of the Frederick Keys. Lopez then picked up the ball and was able to tag the lead runner just off second base, step on the bag for the second out, and throw to first for the second triple play across the Minors of the weekend, and the second Lopez has turned inside a year, the first coming on a similar play in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
With Kris Bryant now in the big leagues, the door has been opened for a new home run leader this season, and so far nobody has separated themselves through a week and a half of play. Adam Duvall is tied for the lead across the minors with four with nine others, including his fellow cycle mate Glasemann, and prospects Adam Brett Walker II and Michael Conforto.
Before the season started, it was announced that the Pawtucket Red Sox would be moving down the road to Providence, but their affiliate in the Carolina League isn’t going anywhere. The Salem Red Sox announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms on a 10-year lease extension to keep playing their home games in Lewis-Gale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, per MiLB.com. The team is in their 20th consecutive season in the ballpark, and has ensured they will celebrate their 30th anniversary in the same home in 2025.