What a huge night for the High Desert Mavericks on Wednesday. The Mariners Class A advanced affiliate beat the Rancho Cucamunga Quakes, the Los Angeles Dodgers Class A affiliate, 5 – 0 in a combined no hitter.
Tyler Pike, the Mariners number 9 prospect according to MLB.com, recorded eight strikeouts over six innings. Pike, along with relievers Mark Bordonaro and Blake Hauser, pitched the first no-hitter for High Desert since 2006.
Tyler Pike was taken out of Winter Haven High School, Florida, by the Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft. Pike came in to Wednesday’s game with a 2-2 record with a 5.57 ERA in 10 starts.
Pike was relieved after the 6th inning of a scoreless game by Bordonaro who pitched two solid innings in long relief.
After striking out the side in the 7th, Bordonaro got himself into a bit of a jam in the 8th. Bordanaro walked back to back batters but was bailed out by a solid 6-4-3 double play by SS Tyler Smith and 2B Luis Caballero.
Blake Hauser came on in relief and pitched a wild 9th inning to complete the combined no-hitter.
Hauser walked the leadoff man but was bailed out by another routine double play by Smith and Caballero. Corey Seager, Kyle’s younger brother, was the next man up and was hit by a pitch.
Seager was able to advance to second on a defensive interference and to third on a wild pitch by Hauser. After all this chaos, Hauser struck out the last batter of the game.
So needless to say it wasn’t pretty, but it’s still a no-hitter.