Feigl's pitching brings Stockton into port
As near no-hitters go, Brady Feigl didn't come excruciatingly close to history, but it was close enough that his final line proved to be the best of his brief career.Oakland's No. 28 prospect twirled 6 1/3 hitless innings and ended up allowing only a hit over seven frames to lead
As near no-hitters go,
Oakland's No. 28 prospect twirled 6 1/3 hitless innings and ended up allowing only a hit over seven frames to lead Class A Advanced Stockton past Lake Elsinore, 2-0, on Monday night at Banner Island Ballpark. It marked the first time in the right-hander's career he completed seven innings and the fifth time in eight starts he's gone at least six frames.
A handful of pitchers who come within nine outs of throwing a no-hitter might admit to being disappointed, but the 23-year-old knew he had a bigger obligation at that point of the game.
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"It was on to the next batter," Feigl said of losing the no-hit bid "[Ports pitching coach] Chris Smith works on scenarios with us and blocks out 100-pitch increments. You'll throw 66 [pitches] where you want, 17 that are so bad no hitter will swing and 17 where anything can happen. Giving up the hit stinks, but I needed to just pound the zone and get out of the mess I found myself in."
There wasn't much for Feigl (3-1) to clean up through much of his start. Despite issuing walks to 20th-ranked Padres prospect
"[The no-hitter] is something that's in the back of your mind when you're out there," Feigl said. "But whatever happens, happens. I was having fun, attacking the hitters and seeing how far it would take me. It went pretty far tonight, and obviously I wish it went further, but you take what you get and go with it."
Focused on keeping his 2-0 lead intact, Feigl fanned
"The guys made some great plays behind me tonight. That's a huge help," Feigl said. "[Catcher]
Feigl delivered a successful pro debut between Class A Short Season Vermont and Class A Beloit after the Oakland selected him in the fifth round of last year's Draft. Armed with a fastball that can touch the mid-90s and a solid slider and changeup, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder posted a 1.73 ERA in 11 appearances -- eight starts -- in 2018. That success has carried over into this season; he sports a 3.13 ERA through his first eight appearances.
"You have to keep attacking and trust your stuff," Feigl explained. "Everybody up here is good. It's not like in college where the bottom of the order can't hurt you. I've got to study the hitters' strengths and weaknesses and attack. But honestly, I'm just having fun. I'm playing a game for a living and getting paid for it. I might as well take advantage of that while I can."
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