Bridwell posts seven zeros in Bees' one-hitter

Angels' No. 12 prospect faces minimum in his second start in PCL

Parker Bridwell has piled up 615 strikeouts over 148 Minor League games -- 122 starts -- dating to 2010. (Asay Photography/Salt Lake Bees)

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | May 17, 2017 12:01 AM ET

Nobody complains about pace of play when Parker Bridwell is on the mound.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old right-hander breezed through his second straight scoreless Pacific Coast League start, facing the minimum over seven innings and relenting the only hit in Triple-A Salt Lake's 1-0 win over New Orleans. The game was completed in two hours and six minutes.


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"I like to keep my tempo at a good pace not only for me, but also for my team," the 12th-ranked Angels prospect said. "I don't like the defense standing out there for 25 minutes an inning. When things are going good, everything seems to flow. When I got into the clubhouse, I looked up at the clock and it was 8:46. An hour and 46 minutes for seven innings? I knew it was flowing, but it didn't seem that fast." 

Acquired from the Orioles for cash on April 17, Bridwell (2-0) moved out of the bullpen but didn't start more than four innings apiece for the Double-A Mobile BayBears before jumping into the Bees rotation with five two-hit frames on May 11.

Video: Parker Bridwell cruises for the Bees

"It's been different. It's the first time I've ever been in a different organization in seven years," he said. "It helps that all the guys are awesome. They took me in just like I'm one of them, so it's a lot easier to walk into the clubhouse when you feel like you can talk to anybody and the mood is loose. It's been fun to say the least, a new start, new scenery and new people.

"As far as feeling goes, I felt great and my stuff was good. I felt strong late into the start. Everything is a lot easier when you're throwing offspeed pitches for strikes, and that was part of my game tonight."

Bridwell fanned four through the first two innings before allowing a baserunner -- Matt Juengel lined a single up the middle to open the third. The 6-foot-4 hurler responded by inducing a double-play ball off the bat of Peter Mooney, although he didn't realize until later the impact that had on his start.

"Honestly, we were the on bus [after the game], and I was scrolling through my phone, talking to [reliever Damien Magnifico], and I didn't realize we faced 27 batters," he admitted. "He said, 'Yeah, you had the one guy and you got the double play.' I knew there'd been nobody on second, but that's awesome -- 27 hitters. When you're flowing like that, you just get back on the rubber and throw the next pitch."

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Bridwell retired 14 in a row after that knock. He struck out six and added nine ground-ball outs, which got him thinking about going back out for the eighth. 

"I thought I was going to go back out, but Benny [Erik Bennett], our pitching coach came up to me after the seventh and shook my hand," he said. "I asked him, 'Is that it?' He said, 'Yeah, you're at 87,' and I said, 'I've got 13 more.' He said, 'No, you're at 90 today,' so I told him, 'Well, I've got three more.'" 

Instead, Angels No. 17 prospect Eduardo Paredes and No. 29 Magnifico turned in a perfect inning apiece.

Shane Robinson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Kaleb Cowart plated him with a sixth-inning two-bagger.

Scott Copeland (3-4) allowed that run on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 7 2/3 innings for the loss.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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