Miners defeat Bucs for ABL Championship
Date: Aug 5, 2018
Alex Garcia hopes every outing could go as well as Sunday, as Garcia tossed a no-hitter to carry the Anchorage Bucs (7-9) to a 2-0 victory over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots at Mulcahy Field.
Taylor Walls was solid at the plate for the Anchorage Bucs. Walls went 3-4 and drove in one. He singled in the first and fifth innings and doubled in the seventh inning. Will Hibbs handled the Anchorage Bucs' lineup with ease, racking up three strikeouts. The Anchorage Glacier Pilots (7-10)'s pitcher tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed only five hits.
Garcia got the win, running his season record to 2-0. Garcia struck out eight, walked one and gave up no runs or hits.
Jordan Aboites ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with his second loss of the year. He lasted just two innings, walked none, struck out one, and allowed two runs.
Anchorage Bucs righthander Alex Garcia fired a no-hitter to beat the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 2-0 in a Sunday afternoon Alaska Baseball League game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Garcia, who just finished his freshman season at Cal State-Santa Barbara, faced one batter over the minimum 27. He silenced a Glacier Pilots lineup that had ripped 17 hits the night before.
After pitching five perfect innings, Garcia issued a seven-pitch leadoff walk to the Pilots’ Gunnar Troutwine. Garcia got the next batter on a fly ball to center field, and then the Bucs infield turned an inning-ending double play.
The Bucs scored twice in the seventh inning to help Garcia improve to 2-1 this summer in Alaska. Sam Brown led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly, and Brodie Leftridge and Taylor Walls followed with back-to-back doubles, part of a nine-hit Bucs attack.
A 6-foot-3 strikeout machine from Whittier, California, Garcia saw limited action with Santa Barbara in his rookie campaign – 10 innings in three appearances with no decisions. Though he struck out 10, he allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and nine walks for an earned-run average of 6.30.
Garcia has been more effective against batters swinging wood-composite bats in the ABL. He has pitched 16 innings for the Bucs, striking out 18 and allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks for a 1.12 ERA.