8/7 Jokisch throws no-no
Eric Jokisch, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, threw a no-hitter Tuesday night to lead Double-A Tennessee to a 10-0 victory over Jacksonville, ending the Suns’ 11-game winning streak. The lefty had been on the DL with arm fatigue but showed no signs of being tired when he threw 108 pitches in the first nine-inning no-no for the Smokies since Leo Estrella did so against Orlando in 2000. Mark Holliman threw the last no-no for Tennessee, but that was a seven-inning game in 2007.
Jokisch, 24, retired the first 10 batters he faced in order, striking out five, and walked Chris Gutierrez with one out in the fourth to lose a shot at a perfect game. The former Northwestern Wildcat cruised through the next two innings, retiring the side in order.
After working around two-out walks in the seventh and eighth innings, Jokisch entered the ninth having thrown 99 pitches. Suns center fielder Isaac Galloway lined out sharply to third baseman Christian Villanueva on the first pitch in the ninth. Shortstop Javier Baez saved the no-no when Gutierrez looped a soft blooper behind the second base bag, causing Baez to dive and catch the ball before it hit the ground.
Jokisch, an 11th round pick in 2010, walked Derek Dietrich with two outs before Pete Andrelczyk grounded into a 5-3 putout to end the game.
With the win, Jokisch is now 9-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.57.
The Smokies tallied in the first when Matt Szczur doubled and scored on Rubi Silva’s single. Baez followed with a RBI double, and Rafael Lopez delivered a RBI single to open a 3-0 lead. That was all Jokisch needed. Baez went 4-for-6 in the game with three RBIs with two doubles.