De Jesus anchors third Drive no-hitter

The South Atlantic League’s best offense ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday night at McCormick Field, and the stifling effort yielded historic results for Class A Greenville.

Red Sox prospect Enmanuel De Jesus pitched 7 2/3 nearly perfect innings before Devon Fisher and Durbin Feltman finished off the third no-hitter in team history as the Drive beat Asheville, 5-1.

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De Jesus retired the first 22 batters before plunking Todd Czinege with one out in the eighth. Asheville’s only other baserunner came after Sean Bouchard swung over what should have been the final strike of the inning, but a wild pitch and throwing errors by catcher Samuel Miranda and second baseman Everlouis Lozada allowed a run to score, put a runner in scoring position and spelled the end of De Jesus’ night.

The 21-year-old Venezuelan struck out five and lowered his ERA to 3.39 in the second straight start in which he hasn’t yielded an earned run. De Jesus (4-2) held Rome to an unearned run on four hits and a walk over seven innings his last time out on July 13.

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After the series of miscues, Fisher entered to face Matt McLaughlin, who rolled over a 1-2 pitch to Lozada for the final out in the eighth. Feltman struck out Nic Motley and Bret Boswell around a groundout by Ryan Vilade

Fisher has a 2.01 ERA in 41 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Drive to rank second on the club behind Denyi Reyes‘ 1.79 mark, which is third-best in the Sally League. Feltman, a third-round pick in last month’s Draft out of TCU, made only three South Atlantic League appearances before Thursday night.

In his last outing, the 21-year-old right-hander took the loss after surrendering two runs — one earned — on three hits and a walk in an inning on Monday against Lexington. Feltman was elevated on July 10 from Class A Short Season Lowell, where he compiled seven strikeouts and did not allow a baserunner over four one-inning outings.

Greenville’s last no-hitter came on May 8, 2012, when Mickey Pena, Hunter Cervenka and Tyler Lockwood were one walk from perfection in a 1-0 win over Rome. The first no-no in franchise history was a rain-shortened six-inning contest on June 11, 2007 in which Daniel Bard and Ryan Phillips combined to beat Kannapolis, 5-0.

The Drive’s historic effort on the mound was aided by a solo homer by Tanner Nishioka before Marino Campana and Garrett Benge went back-to-back to open the sixth. 

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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