Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright was one strike away from throwing a no-hitter for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls.
Wright came as close as possible to tossing a no-hitter, allowing a two-out double to Mike Mahtook on a 1-2 count in the ninth inning.
Earlier in the inning, shortstop Alexi Casilla committed a throwing error with two outs on a play that could have ended the game.
After allowing the double to Mahtook – which also ended Wright’s shutout bid – he was replaced by right-hander Brock Huntzinger. Wright threw 121 pitches, striking out 11 batters – both season highs.
He was charged with another run following a wild pitch by Huntzinger, but both runs were unearned because of the error on Casilla.
Over 8 2/3 innings, Wright allowed five baserunners: three walks, one hit and one error.
Wright was named the Orioles’ eighth-best prospect by Baseball America before the season, but has struggled this season, going 5-11 with a 4.83 ERA in 2014.
He opened the season losing nine of his first 10 decisions, but has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts and has gone seven or more innings in four of his last six outings.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun