Great Falls, MT-The Pioneer League of Professional Baseball has named Great Falls Voyagers RHP Yosmer Solorzano the Pitcher of the Week for games August 29th through September 5th.
The award for Solorzano marks the seventh one in 2016 for a Voyagers pitcher as Adam Panayotovich, Aron McRee, Chris Comito and Alec Hansen were previous winners. Comito and Hansen were two-time honorees. It also becomes the eighth weekly award for Great Falls this season with Corey Zangari being named the player of the week back in June.
Solorzano made two starts during the week and posted two complete games. He threw a rain-shortened, five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts at home against Missoula September 4th. It was the second no-hitter Solorzano was involved in this season, as he started the combined no-hitter August 20th at home against Helena and worked seven innings in that contest. Solorzano had the first complete game in the Pioneer League this season August 30th at home against Billings. He struck out a season-high 10, and it was the first nine-inning complete game for a Great Falls pitcher since Sean Tracey did it back in 2003.
The 19-year-old Solorzano signed with the Chicago White Sox back in 2014. He made his professional debut last year pitching for the AZL White Sox, and was part of a championship winning team. In 15 starts this season, Solorzano leads the league in wins with a 9-3 record and a 4.11 ERA. In 81 innings pitched, he has struck out 81 with only 18 walks.
Great Falls plays a three-game series at Missoula starting with a Wednesday doubleheader at 6 p.m. The regular season finale is set for Thursday night. The Voyagers then return home Friday to begin the best-of-three divisional round playoff series against Billings. First pitch at Centene Stadium for game one is at 7 p.m. For ticketing information, visit www.gfvoyagers.com or phone 406-452-5311.
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