CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Jake
Odorizzi and Adrian Rosario grabbed a piece of history on Tuesday night in the
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-0 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game
Field. The duo combined to no-hit
the Kernels for the first Wisconsin no-no since August 27, 2001.
Odorizzi struck out 10 over eight innings.
Rosario pitched around a one out walk in the ninth to record the final
two outs to close out the gem.
Kentrail Davis gave the
Rattlers (53-72 overall, 27-30 second half) the lead in the fifth inning.
He stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.
Davis hit a sharp grounder that was headed to center.
But, Kernels starter Stephen Locke deflected the ball to second baseman
Jean Segura for a 1-4-3 putout to get the run home from third.
Wisconsin tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on two hits that barely traveled a combined 90 feet. Joey Paciorek dropped a perfect squeeze bunt up the first base line to drive in the first run. D'Vontrey Richardson sent a high chopper up the third base line with the bases loaded. Locke went over to field the ball, but had no play as the third Wisconsin run of the night crossed the plate.
Odorizzi had the Kernels off kilter all night. The Kernels (74-50, 31-25) got their first base runner of the night on an error in the second inning. In the fourth Odorizzi hit Jose Jimenez with two outs. Then, the Brewers pitching prospect retired the next ten batters in a row.
Cedar Rapids got a leadoff walk when John Karcich took a 3-2 pitch out of the zone in the eighth inning. Odorizzi got Justin Bass to fly out to right for the first out. Carlos Ramirez struck out and that brought Terrell Alliman, the number nine batter in the order to the plate. Alliman fouled of five different two-strike pitches and worked the count full before Odorizzi finally struck him out for the final out of the eighth.
Odorizzi threw nearly 30 pitches in the eighth inning and his pitch count ballooned to nearly 110 for the evening. The decision was made to go to Rosario for the ninth.
The slender righty out of the
Dominican Republic got Jean Segura to fly out to center for the first out, but
he walked Michael Wing to put a runner on base.
Rosario responded by striking out Jeremy Cruz for the second out.
Then, Jimenez chased three straight pitches in the dirt for the final
Wisconsin's last no-hitter was tossed in Cedar Rapids. Derrick Van Dusen struck out twelve in a 9-inning complete game to beat the Kernels at old Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The last combined no-hitter in Timber Rattlers history was on July 26, 1990 when John Conner and Jim Smith teamed up to beat the Wausau Timbers.
One other note about the no hitter. Odorizzi was the starting pitcher at Burlington on April 16, 2010. He pitched five innings without allowing a hit as the starter. Then, Damon Krestalude got to within one strike of a combined no-hitter at Community Field against the Bees.
WP: Jake Odorizzi (7-3)
LP: Stephen Locke (7-7)
SAVE: Adrian Rosario (1)