Making his first start since returning from the Major Leagues, Adam Plutko was untouchable. The Indians right-hander fired Triple-A Columbus' second no-hitter of the season while striking out eight on Saturday in a 6-0 win against Syracuse.• Indians Top 30 Prospects | Here's how Indians prospects fared on Saturday
Making his first start since returning from the Major Leagues, Adam Plutko was untouchable. The Indians right-hander fired Triple-A Columbus' second no-hitter of the season while striking out eight on Saturday in a 6-0 win against Syracuse.
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Plutko carried a perfect-game bid into the ninth inning before issuing a one-out walk. He rebounded to get the next batter to fly out, and then put a bow on his stellar outing by inducing a swinging strikeout, sealing his no-hitter. Plutko threw a season-high 112 pitches, 80 for strikes.
Plutko made a pair of starts for the Indians in his most recent trip to the big leagues, the first of which saw the 26-year-old right-hander take a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He's won all three of his big-league outings this year, pitching to a 3.93 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 18 1/3 innings.
He's been even more successful this season in Triple-A, where, after Saturday's performance, Plutko owns a 0.70 WHIP and a 1.87 ERA, the first- and second-best marks in the International League, respectively. He's compiled 43 strikeouts against 10 walks in 53 innings, during which he's held hitters to a paltry .146 average.
Plutko's no-hitter was the second in the last nine days after righty Shane Bieber (Indians' No. 3, No. 99 overall) accomplished the feat on May 25 in a rain-shortened, seven-inning game. Overall, it was the ninth no-hitter in franchise history.
Several prospects backed Plutko's effort on the mound with strong offensive showings. Indians top prospect Francisco Mejia (No. 12 overall) and Eric Haase (Indians No. 20) both collected two hits including a double, with Haase also scoring a pair of runs in the contest. Yu-Cheng Chang (Indians No. 7) plated a run with a single, giving him 17 hits and 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.
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