Conley anchors Ports' no-hitter
Bryce Conley, Eric Mariñez and Jake Bray combined on the 15th no-hitter in Class A Advanced Stockton's history and the first one since 1990 on Monday night. They got a big assist from rehabbing Oakland catcher Nick Hundley.The right-handed starter went six innings, allowing four walks and striking out six,
The right-handed starter went six innings, allowing four walks and striking out six, en route to the Ports' 11-0 win over Rancho Cucamonga at Banner Island Ballpark. Conley threw 55 of his 93 pitches for strikes in the first no-hitter in the California League this season.
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It was the second straight outing with Hundley as Conley's batterymate, so the 24-year-old was comfortable from the outset.
"I enjoyed that," he said. "We were on the same page, and obviously, he's very good back there. I had all the confidence in the world with him behind the dish."
Making his fourth start for Stockton after being promoted from Class A Beloit on July 7, Conley (3-0) retired five straight to begin the game before 27th-ranked Dodgers prospect
Leading off the third, the 24-year-old issued a base on balls to
The only other Quakes batter to reach against the 6-foot-3, 200-pound hurler was Dodgers No. 7 prospect
Conley followed up each base on balls with a punchout, something he did not realize in the moment.
"Walks have always been a part of my game, kind of a lingering thing," the Georgia State product admitted. "I have pretty good stuff, but it's not always in the [strike] zone. My whole college career, I didn't have the best command."
Through 19 innings with Stockton, he has allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and 10 walks while punching out 19. His ERA is 1.42 with a 0.95 WHIP.
Anchoring a no-hitter seems to have become an annual event for Conley, who also set the table when Beloit made history against Burlington on April 12, 2018.
Marinez, the A's No. 30 prospect, struck out five in two innings of perfect relief. Right-hander Bray finished the gem. sandwiching strikeouts of
"Nerves set in with one out in the ninth," Conley said. "When I came out of the game, there wasn't a lot I could do. There were nine outs left and a lot can happen. It was out of my hands.
"Then we had a long bottom of the eighth, about 35 minutes. So in the back of my mind, I was thinking, 'This is a long time. We still have three outs to get.' ... When Jake got the first out, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we're gonna do this!' It was a team effort, a lot of help behind me and the two other pitchers."
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It was the team's first no-hitter since April 15, 1990, when Michael Ignasiak and Doug Henry combined on a seven-inning feat against San Jose.
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