Singer all but unhittable for eight innings
In just his ninth Major League start, Brady Singer nearly carved out his name in the record books. He settled for carving his way through the Indians' batting order. The third-ranked Royals prospect carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing a lone single and two walks while striking out
In just his ninth Major League start, Brady Singer nearly carved out his name in the record books. He settled for carving his way through the Indians' batting order.
The third-ranked Royals prospect carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing a lone single and two walks while striking out eight in eight frames as Kansas City rolled to an 11-1 victory over Cleveland at Progressive Field on Thursday.
Brady Singer lived that fantasy.— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 11, 2020
The @Royals prospect carried a no-no into the eighth, allowing just one hit with eight K's in a dominant performance.
"I felt really good from the start," Singer told reporters after the game. "It's probably a bad thing, but I noticed there were no hits after the third inning. But I felt sharp from pitch one."
That was no exaggeration. Singer started off the contest by freezing Indians leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez on a called strike three, but then issued a free pass to Mike Freeman. That didn't rattle the right-hander. MLB.com's No. 58 overall prospect promptly set down the next 19 batters in a row.
Cleveland didn't reach again against Singer until the seventh, when he walked Carlos Santana with two outs in the frame. The 24-year-old induced Franmil Reyes to hit into a forceout to end the inning.
Fully aware of his no-hit bid, Singer concentrated on holding his emotions in check.
"I just tried to keep the nerves down and tried not to think about it," he said. "I tried to keep the stress down and I feel like I did."
Singer started off the eighth already over a career-high 100 pitches, but quickly got Tyler Naquin to fly out and Josh Naylor to ground out. He worked a full count to Austin Hedges, but the catcher grounded the righty's payoff pitch into right field to end the no-hitter bid.
After a quick meeting on the mound, the 18th overall pick in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft whiffed Delino DeShields on three straight pitches to end his night and departed to a raucous reception from the Royals' dugout.
To get to that point, Singer relied primarily on just two pitches, using a combination of his fastball and slider with one changeup. He credited catcher Cam Gallagher for that, but added he's been feeling confident -- especially with his breaking ball.
"Command was huge," Singer said. "I stayed low and in the zone and elevated when I needed to. I kept the slider away from the heart of the plate. That's something I've been really focusing on."
The righty, who had not pitched above the Double-A level before this year nor allowed fewer than two earned runs in a game in the Majors -- lowered his ERA to 4.66 while throwing 119 pitches, 80 for strikes. Prior to Thursday, the longest outing of Singer's big league career was 5 2/3 innings, which he achieved twice.
Kansas City's No. 22 prospect Edward Olivares ripped a solo shot on the first pitch he saw in the sixth for his third home run of the year and second as a Royal. Since being acquired from San Diego at the Trade Deadline, the 24-year-old has hit safely in all seven games, with multi-hit games in five of them.
You think Edward Olivares likes his new team?— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 11, 2020
The @Royals prospect now has two dingers with his new team over a seven-game hitting streak 🤯pic.twitter.com/4bK6NdHON0
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