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Two days, two no-hitters for Royals minor leaguers

Jul 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

Kelvin Herrera

The Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals got a nine-inning no-hitter from Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera on Tuesday night, matching the one thrown by Triple-A Omaha’s Luis Mendoza a day earlier.

Smith, who was picked up from the Angels in the Alberto Callaspo deal a year ago, threw seven hitless innings before his pitch count forced him from last night’s game.  The 22-year-old struck out five and walked two.  The walks came back-to-back to start the sixth inning, but an Alberto Rosario grounder to third turned into a triple play, bring a quick ending to the frame.

He was replaced in the eighth by the 21-year-old Herrera, who was part of the World team in the Futures Game last week.  Herrera finished up with two perfect innings and now has a 1.91 ERA and a 39/3 K/BB ratio in 33 innings out of the pen for the Naturals.

Smith, who got the win, is 8-7 with a 3.93 ERA.

The day before, Mendoza pitched his second career Triple-A no-hitter, this one coming against Memphis.  The 27-year-old sinkerballer inproved to 7-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 starts and 15 relief appearances for Memphis.  He hasn’t been so successful in his trials in the majors, giving up 92 runs — 79 earned — in 84 1/3 innings.  Most of those came with the Rangers in 2008.

Update: So much for this. The PCL on Wednesday overturned Mendoza’s no-hitter awarding Tyler Greene a double on a ninth-inning ball that was originally ruled an error.

  1. sportsdrenched - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    I’m like to think all this means something to the Big Club….but it doesn’t.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      It does. Moore has traded all of them to the Braves for Rowland Office, Mickey Mahler, and Biff Pocoroba. Because, you know, they were Braves. And that’s what the Royals need to win. Former Braves.

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