Michael Wacha seems to be like he may be able to return to the Red Sox subsequent week. Either method, he helped make some historical past on his method again to Boston.
Wacha made a rehab begin with Triple-A Worcester on Thursday night time and pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings, which led the way in which for the primary no-hitter in WooSox historical past – a mixed effort by three pitchers – of their 12-0 win over the Durham Bulls at Polar Park.
Wacha, Andrew Politi and Chase Shugart mixed over 9 innings to no-hit the Bulls. It’s the primary no-hitter by the Red Sox’ Triple-A affiliate since Bronson Arroyo pitched an ideal recreation for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2003.
Brayan Bello additionally threw one this yr for a Red Sox affiliate when he fired a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A Portland in May.
Thursday’s no-hitter included an anxious second on the final play of the sport, when with two outs within the ninth, Josh Lowe hit a sinking liner to left subject. But WooSox left fielder Devlin Granberg made a terrific diving catch to clinch the no-hitter.
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Wacha hasn’t made a big-league begin since June 28 attributable to shoulder irritation, however he could solely want one rehab begin earlier than returning. He was dominant on Thursday in Worcester as he retired the primary 13 batters he confronted.
“I’m ready to be back there for sure,” Wacha mentioned after the sport, per MassLive.com. “I was pretty pleased with how the ball was coming out and the command. Getting ahead of guys and if I didn’t get ahead of guys I was able to make a quality pitch to get back into the count. Oso (catcher Ronaldo Hernandez) was calling a good game back there and I was just trying to fill it up.”