Padres Double-A Affiliate pitch a combined no-hitter


San Diego, CA- The Padres are the only franchise in Major League Baseball without a no-hitter.

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Well our minor league affiliates had better luck tonight, as the Padres Double-A affiliate the San Antonio Missions pitched a combined no-hitter to defeat Corpus Christi 6-0 wednesday night. The Missions last pitched a no-hitter in 1984.

James Needy did a majority of the work, striking out seven in seven no-hit innings of work. Relievers Frank Garces and recently acquired R.J. Alvarez closed out the game to complete the no-hitter.

Originally it was only a one-hitter for the Missions.

In the sixth inning a throwing error by shortstop Diego Goris that pulled first baseman Cody Overbeck off the base was ruled an infield single. After the game the official scorer reversed the ruling from a hit to an error to give the Missions the combined no-hitter.

San Diego native James Needy has been in the Padres system since 2009, when the Padres selected Needy in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Santana High School.

Needy dealt with multiple injuries to begin his career that delayed his development. Last season Needy showed his potential going (10-5) with a 3.76 ERA in 27 starts for the Lake Elsinore Storm. Needy has continued to impress with a strong showing in Double-A his season, as Needy was named a Texas League all-star and is (8-3) with a 2.79 ERA in 20 starts for the San Antonio Missions.

Reliever Frank Garces has also been in the Padres system since 2009 , when the Padres signed Garces as a minor league free agent. Garces has been dominant out of the bullpen for the Missions, as he was named a Texas League all-star and is (2-4) with a 1.79 ERA in 55.1 innings of work.

R.J. Alvarez was acquired by the Padres in the Huston Street trade and could be the best piece in this trade. He was the Angels fourth best prospect and has been dominant this season with a 0.33 ERA in 27 innings out of the bullpen in Double-A. Alvarez posses a mid-90s fastball and has a very good slider. He projects as a late-inning reliever or closer at the major league level and could join the San Diego Padres at some point in the second half as their potential future closer.