In our 36th season, our first perfect game: Applegate’s Tim Hudson whitewashes Hickory

Applegate’s Tim Hudson hurled what is believed to be the first perfect game in the 36-year history of the I-75 League, holding Hickory without a baserunner — or even a close call — in a 6-0 victory July 3.

Hudson struck out nine and retired all 27 hitters he faced, striking out pinch-hitter Javier Baez to close the contest. Tim_Hudson_14Hickory had three split roll chances at singles, all at 1-10 odds or less, and missed all three.

Hudson, a 4e15 pitcher, also fielded a Pitcher (X) roll cleanly with one out in the ninth. Hudson, who improved to 7-5 on the year with a 3.18 ERA, was making his first start since May, having been inactive in June.

“I wasn’t even really aware he had a no-hitter going until about the sixth inning,” said Paperclips manager Gary Kicinski. “We grabbed an early lead and got our defensive guys in there early, and I noticed in the sixth Hudson hadn’t allowed a hit, but I couldn’t really remember if he’d walked a guy or not.” Continue reading

Clip Files through May

paperclipsApplegate has recorded three consecutive 11-9 monthly records … Jose Reyes has made 15 errors and the e18 shortstop is on pace for 40 at this rate … Reliever Greg Holland leads the staff in wins with 8. Holland has already used 30 of his allotted 67 innings … Kendrys Morales is struggling at a .149 clip with 161 at-bats … Curtis Granderson is hitting a shocking .300, 68 points above his real-life .232, and boasts a .400 on-base mark, thanks to a team-high 33 walks … Chipper Jones is hitting only .232, but his on-base number is 150 points higher at .381 … Neil Walker is hitting a team-high .326, with an impressive OPS of .948. He is second on the team in RBI (36) and third in runs scored (28) … Stephen Strasburg has just one win in 12 starts. … As a team, the Clips are hitting  just .194 in the clutch and .132 with the bases loaded.

Clip Files for May

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CLIP FILES: Applegate posted a 13-7 record in May, winning all four of its series.  The winning record came despite ace Clay Buchholz being deactivated to preserve innings. Trevor Cahill picked up two more wins and is the league’s only remaining unbeaten starter at 8-0. … But is the Clips’ winning record (31-29) a mirage? They only own winning records against four teams, beating up on luckless South Grand Prairie twice to the tune of 4-1. … Josh Hamilton is hitting .387 but has been limited to 33 RBIs… Jamey Carroll has 12 errors in 41 games, tied for the league high. … Freddy Sanchez has played in all 60 games and is hitting .301. He’s third on the team in RBI at 32. Gaby Sanchez is now a full-timer (DH and 1B) and is hitting .315. … Logan Morrison has 27 walks to his 16 hits. His .413 OBA is more than double his .203 BA. … Josh Willingham also has more walks (32) than hits (27) and an OBA of .372 to soften his .218 BA. … Jamey Carroll, on the other hand, has been a disappointment, with a .276 OBA compared to .379 OBA for the 2010 Dodgers… Stephen Strasburg saw his second month of action and was not effective. For the year he is 2-4 with a 5.06 ERA. He has 25 innings of eligibility left. … Opponents are hitting .293 and the 5-column of Neftali Feliz.

Clip Files for April

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CLIP FILES: Joel Peralta burned 22 of his 49 available innings in April, but at least he made them count. In 11 appearances. Peralta was unscored upon, allowing 12 hits and five walks while striking out 15… First-round pick Trevor Cahill pushed his record to 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA. He’s benefitting from 6.5 runs per game of offensive support… Brian McCann has played in 35 games, usually batting fifth, and has just 8 RBIs despite a .291 batting average… Andrew Bailey saved 7 of Applegate’s 10 wins in April… The Clips lead the league in hit-and-run attempts and stolen base attempts, and are second in sacrifice bunt attempts.  They have scored 170 runs and allowed the exact same number.

Clip Files for March

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CLIP FILES: Applegate went 8-12 in March, but that included eight losses by one run and two more losses by two runs… The Clips outscored foes 104-94. Forty-three of those runs came against Chatfield, more than any of their other two series combined… Applegate lost three games by a 1-0 count in March, with Brian Matusz being the hard-luck loser in two of those. In the other, Stephen Strasburg took a no-hitter into the seventh against Detroit, ultimately going 11 1/3 innings before the Demo Dogs broke through for the 1-0 win in 12 innings… Strasburg was KO’d in the second inning vs. Chatfield, giving up six earned runs… Fellow first-round draft pick Trevor Cahill got off to a 3-0 start, with a 4.24 ERA…  Josh Hamilton got out of the gate with a .382 month, but Nelson Cruz was the team’s big gun with a league-leading nine homers and 23 RBI. … Jose Reyes was caught stealing in all three of his attempts vs. Margaritaville, with the Volcanoes rolling a 19 each time…Evan Meek pitched 21 innings of relief and Neftali Feliz 15 1/3. They’ll be deactivated for April as the Clips shuttle in Joel Peralta and Andrew Bailey into the setup/closer roles… Feliz had as many losses (3) as saves in March… Phil Hughes struck out a league-high 12.73 batters per nine innings.