Last week, the BayBears threw their second no-hitter in less than three weeks.
It’s the first time a Southern League team has done that since 1997.
“Those kind of no hitters are more of a team effort than a guy who throws a complete game all by himself,” said BayBears pitching coach Pat Rice.
Okay you heard the numbers, what the BayBears have done is rare, and having each of the no-hitters be a combined effort instead of a single guy having a great game is also special.
“With our pitch counts, we have really low pitch counts, so we’re not going to let a guy go nine innings, especially early in the season like this,” said Rice.
And it’s not just those two no-hitters that have been impressive. Earlier last week, Jose Suarez struck out 11 batters in less than five innings of work.
It makes being the pitching coach a pretty good job right now.
“There’s always somebody that has a little something to work on, you try to stay out of the way of the guys that are rolling,” said Rice. “We’ll try and work on some things with the guys that need something.”
The BayBears pitching success isn’t just being felt here in Mobile, there’s a ripple effect to the other teams in the Angel’s organization.
“I think the other clubs see how things are going, actually our team at Inland Empire had a no-hitter recently also, so I think maybe we can play off each other and push each other,” said Rice.