Dodgers minor league pitchers Mitch White and Alex Hermeling combined for a seven-inning no-hitter on Friday night for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in a 4-0 win over the Stockton Ports in the second game of an eventful doubleheader.
It is the first no-hitter in the 25-year history of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The two teams were rained out on opening day Thursday, which led to Friday’s doubleheader, and under minor league rules both games of a doubleheader are seven innings instead of the normal nine.
The first game looked to be the newsmaker on Friday, with Brett Graves (four innings) and Joey Wagman (three innings) taking a perfect game into the seventh inning for the Ports, an Athletics affiliate. But Quakes second baseman Omar Estevez singled to break that up, snapping a string of 19 straight batters retired.
After falling 2-0 in the opener, the Quakes scored right away in the first inning of the nightcap thanks to a home run by Ibandel Isabel, the first of two two-run shots on the night. That provided all of the offense for Rancho in the 4-0 win.
White, the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2016, who pitched a pair of games with the major league club during spring training, was electric in his four scoreless innings. Only one runner reached base in the third inning, on an error, then White walked three in the fourth inning. But the right-hander worked around the walks to finish his night with five strikeouts in four innings.
As a professional, in 26 regular season innings, White’s ERA remains 0.00, with 35 strikeouts and nine walks.
Alex Hermeling followed White with perfect innings in the fifth and sixth, then got a strikeout, pop out and ground out in the seventh to complete the combined no-hitter. Rancho Cucamonga won Game 2, 4-0.