Not bad, for a first try.
In his first Spring Training start, after two relief appearances last year and four this year, Phillies prospect Michael Stutes unfurled three no-hit innings as Philadelphia topped Minnesota, 6-3, in Fort Myers, Fla. on Sunday.
Stutes retired the first six Twins batters in order, getting by heavy hitters like Justin Morneau, who popped out to third, and Jim Thome, who grounded out to first. He also flashed a little leather, cleanly fielding Trevor Plouffe's bunt attempt in the opening frame.
Minnesota prospect Chase Lambin worked a walk to kick off the third, but it would be the only blemish on Stutes' day. The right-hander fanned Drew Butera, and Lambin was caught stealing on strike three. Matt Tolbert lofted a fly ball to left field to end Stutes' day.
The Phillies grabbed the right-hander in the 11th round of the 2008 Draft. After going 7-2 with a 1.42 ERA that season, he struggled to an 8-8 mark and a 4.26 ERA during his first crack at Double-A in 2009. Last season, though, he was 7-1 with a 3.42 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A. He's allowed one run on three hits and one walk over nine innings in the Grapefruit League this year.
Philadelphia prospect Michael Martinez was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Tuffy Gosewisch had a base knock to show for his lone trip to the plate. Freddy Galvis, a 2010 Eastern League All-Star, was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Kyle Gibson, who's roundly considered the Twins' top pitching prospect, dealt 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief, picking up a strikeout along the way. In three appearances this spring, it was Gibson's first scoreless outing.
Twins prospect Yangervis Solarte entered the game as a seventh-inning pinch-runner and came around to score after two wild pitches by Matt Anderson followed a Mike Hollimon single. Ben Revere struck out and went 0-for-4, dropping his Grapefruit League batting average to .222.