After allowing four runs and walking eight batters over four innings in his last outing, Tyler Matzek was probably looking for a bounce-back start Saturday.
It's safe to say he produced one.
The Rockies' No. 6 prospect carried a no-hitter into the seventh as Class A Advanced Modesto posted a 2-1, 10-inning win over Bakersfield.
Matzek ended up allowing one run on one hit and three walks while striking out seven over seven-plus innings. It was a positive sign for the 21-year-old left-hander, who had yielded one run or fewer in four straight starts before experiencing control problems on June 4 against the Blaze.
"There's been progress all season with [Matzek]," said Nuts pitching coach Darryl Scott. "We've just been working on the consistency in his delivery, and he's stayed with that. Overall, he did a really nice job maintaining his leg lift and everything else, and it was nice to see him go out there and repeat his delivery."
Despite control issues at points this season, Matzek has found ways to keep runs off the board. In six starts since May 8, he's lowered his ERA by better than a run to 2.87, going 3-0 during that span. For the season, he's averaged better than a strikeout per inning, with 75 over 69 frames in 13 starts.
More importantly, he's issued more than three walks just once in his last five starts.
"There's been a bump in the road here and there. The only time he gets in trouble is by himself, with the walks," Scott said. "But if you look at the numbers throughout the season, overall, he's been very good. His batting average against is real good. From the mental side, he's very good."
Selected ninth overall in the 2009 Draft, Matzek has battled high walk rates throughout his three-year professional career, overcoming them with similarly high strikeout totals and overpowering stuff.
Scott said he believes that with continued work on repeating his delivery, that one sore spot will be cleared up.
"As he continues to get more consistent with his delivery, we're seeing more outings like this," he said. "He's working very hard; it's what we like to see."
Facing Bakersfield for the second time in six days, Matzek lost his no-hit bid when Bryson Smith connected for a one-out single to center in the seventh. The southpaw quickly induced an inning-ending double play but issued a walk in the eighth to Dominic D'Anna, who later scored the tying run.
The Nuts pulled out the victory when Dustin Garneau singled home Jared Clark in the 10th.