Thor drops hammer on Dublin: Melee’s Syndergaard fires no-hitter

Memphis rookie Noah Syndergaard threw the first no-hitter of the 2016 season as the Melee completed a 7-0 win over Dublin at Wrigley Field.

Syndergaard, acquired from Tijuana as part of a package that sent David Price to the Tequila Swiggers, faced one batter more than the minimum in notching the 18th known no-hitter in PGBL history.

The 22-year-old righty struck out six in the 104-pitch gem. He issued a two-out walk to Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth inning, then got Andrelton Simmons to ground into a double play after Cory Spangenberg reached on a Ketel Marte error leading off the sixth.

Syndergaard retired the first 11 and final 11 hitters he faced, closing out the masterpiece by getting Christian Yelich to ground out to Marte.

Marte got the Memphis offense started with a two-run homer off Rick Porcello in the third. Adam Jones added a solo shot in the sixth and Devon Travis capped the scoring with a three-run blast off Julio Teheran in the ninth.

Box score: Syndergaard no-hitter.

List: PGBL no-hitters.

Miggy moves again: Compton, Memphis swing 6-player deal

Off to a fast start in the Confederate Division, the Compton Outlawz bolstered their lineup with the addition of former home run champion and five-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera.

The Outlawz landed Cabrera along with pitcher Sean Gilmartin and Shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson from Memphis in exchange for Michael Conforto, Luis Severino, Manuel Margot and a pair of future first-round picks.

Cabrera hit .321 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 33 games with Memphis after coming to the team in an offseason trade with London. He had a .393 OBP and an .887 OPS with the Melee.

Cabrera joins his fourth team in three seasons after spending the first 10 years of his PGBL career with Cleveland. He hit .266 with 22 homers and 88 RBIs last season for the Arsenal after batting .356 with 51 blasts for Louisville the year before.

Miggy moves to Memphis as London adds Pederson

Joc PedersonMiguel Cabrera is returning to the Confederate Division with the Memphis Melee, who acquired him in a deal with London.

The Melee sent outfielder Joc Pederson to the Arsenal in exchange for Cabrera, Trevor Plouffe and a future second-round draft pick. Pederson has yet to make his PGBL debut.

London gave up four players and two picks to get Cabrera from Louisville before last season. He hit .266 with 22 homers in his lone season with the Arsenal a year after hitting .356 with 51 homers and 145 RBIs for the Long Rifles.



Melee’s Cueto wins second SL Cy Young

Memphis Melee right-hander Johnny Cueto received 10 of 11 first-place votes to win the South League Cy Young Award for the second time in four seasons.

Cueto went 20-7 for the Melee with a PGBL-best 2.10 ERA while leading the SL with 254 strikeouts. He limited opposing hitters to a league-lowest .180 batting average.

He was one of five 20-game winners, all from the South League, despite pitching for a Memphis team that finished with a 75-87 record.

The Melee have won seven Cy Youngs among four pitchers, including three-time winner Roy Halladay. Other Memphis winners were Greg Maddux and Odalis Perez. Cueto joins Halladay and Jered Weaver as the only multiple winners.

Cueto, who also received one second-place vote, totaled 53 points to outdistance Oakland’s Dallas Keuchel, who got the other first-place vote after posting a PGBL-best 22-4 record.

Voting totals (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Johnny Cueto, Memphis (10) … 53

2. Dallas Keuchel, Oakland (1) ……27

3. Julio Teheran, Dublin ……………15

4. Phil Hughes, Oakland ……………..4

‘All-in’ Athletes make big deadline deal with Melee

Ken GilesWith a league-best 69 wins, the Oakland Athletes made the lone trade of deadline day a big one, acquiring rookie outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and All-Star rookie reliever Ken Giles from Memphis for prospect pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and a package of six future first- and second-round draft picks.

Kiermaier, who joins his third club, started the year with Boston after being drafted with the 27th overall pick in the offseason. He was traded to Memphis on June 21 and hit .264 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs with the Braves and Melee.

Giles, the eighth overall pick, only allowed three earned runs in 49 1/3 innings (0.55 ERA) in 34 appearances with 79 strikeouts and a 0.73 WHIP. He limited opposing hitters to a .156 batting average and a .407 OPS.

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