John Means was about as close to perfect as you could get yesterday. The Baltimore leftie threw a no-hitter against the Mariners in the Oriole’s 6-nothing win. How close to perfect was he? Sam Haggerty was the only Seattle player to reach base in the third inning on a dropped 3rd strike. He was quickly thrown out a moment later trying to steal second base.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, means through the first non-perfect no-hitter in which the opposing team did not record a walk, hit by pitch or error…
Means improved to 4-and-oh on the season with the win and lowered his ERA to 1.37. Yusei Kikuchi, meanwhile, threw pretty well and took the loss. He allowed 3-runs on 5-hits in 7-innings with 7-strikeouts. But the day belonged to Means and the Orioles, who took two out of three in the series.
Seattle now heads for Texas to begin a weekend series on Friday at 7:05.
The Rangers were the only team in the A-L West to post a victory yesterday as we check the scoreboard.
Aaron Hicks’ RBI-single in the bottom of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and New York went on to score two more in the inning to beat Houston 6-3.
Nick Solak scored from 3rd in a wild pitch in a two-run 6th inning that gave Texas a 3-1 win over Minnesota.
Brandon Lowe’s 3-run homer in the top of the 7th was the difference for Tampa Bay as the Rays beat the Angels 3-1 in Anaheim.
Ronald Grichuk was 3-for-5 and drove in 2-runs to lead Toronto past Oakland 9-4. The A’s bullpen faltered down the stretch, allowing 7-runs on 5-hits with 4-walks in the final 2-innings.
So Oakland’s lead over Seattle remains at 2-games headed into today. Houston is 3-games back and Texas climbed out of last place with Wednesday’s win and is a half-game in front of the Angels.
By the way, Oakland has the best record in Major League Baseball at 19-and-13. The difference between the A’s and eleven other teams in the American League is only 4-and-a-half games. Talk about parity!
Weatherman and Wisen WIAA Players of the Week
Two athletes from the Wenatchee Valley are on this week’s WIAA Player of the Week honor roll…
Cashmere’s Brayden Weatherman tossed a no-hitter against Okanogan with 17-strikeouts last week. Two days later, he picked up another victory tossing four scoreless innings with 9-strikeouts against Quincy.
Wenatchee’s Tyler Wisen was selected for his incredible soccer play in two games for the Panthers. Tyler broke the school record with 6-goals in one game against 8-1 win over Cascade. Then, Tyler score the first penalty kick for Wenatchee in a shootout win over Wahluke.
Congratulations to Cashmere’s Brayden Weatherman and Wenatchee’s Tyler Wisen, WIAA Players of the Week!
Prep Baseball Schedule
It’s going to be busy over the next couple days in high school sports, so we thought we’d give you an early rundown, starting with baseball tomorrow…
Moses Lake hosts Eastmont in a doubleheader beginning at 4 o’clock. The Cashmere JV hosts Pateros in a single game at 4:30.
Prep Softball Schedule
The softball schedule begins with four doubleheaders today…
Waterville-Mansfield hosts Pateros while Oroville visits Liberty Bell at 3. Cashmere takes on Royal and Manson plays at the Moses Lake JV at 3:30.
Coming up Friday, Lake Roosevelt visits Liberty Bell at 3 while the Eastmont and Wenatchee doubleheader has been moved up from Saturday to tomorrow at 4 o’clock at the Sterling 4-Plex. We had planned to broadcast the games, but due to the late notice of a change of dates, we cannot assemble a crew to do so.
Prep Boys Soccer Schedule
In boy’s soccer today…
Brewster hosts Okanogan while Pateros visits Liberty Bell at 4 o’clock. Tomorrow, Bridgeport travels to Okanogan at 4. Then it’s Quincy at Wenatchee at 7 in the Apple Bowl while Cashmere hosts Royal.
Track & Field Championships Schedule
The post-season in track and field begins today at Quincy High School with the South Division Sub-Regional Championships. 15-high schools will compete starting at 4 o’clock.
Wenatchee’s track will be the site tomorrow for the North Central Region Championship as the Panthers host Cascade Christian, Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan and Eastmont High Schools.