Right-hander Mike Wright, the Orioles' No. 7 prospect, carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning Thursday night for Triple-A Norfolk at Durham. After a leadoff walk, he retired the next two Bulls hitters, bringing himself one out away from history.
Wright appeared to have gotten the last out when Cole Figueroa hit a groundball to shortstop Alexi Casilla. But he reached base on a throwing error, bringing Mikie Mahtook to the plate. Wright got ahead of the Rays' No. 11 prospect, only to see Mahtook rip a 1-2 pitch to right field for an RBI double and spoil the no-hit bid.
With Mahtook's hit, manager Ron Jonson brought out Brock Huntzinger to finish the game. After a wild pitch allowed another run to score, Huntzinger got the final out of the game to pick up the save.
Wright struck out 11 batters, walked three in 8 2/3 frames. He threw 121 pitches and set career highs for both strikeouts and innings pitched.
Wright struggled in the first half of the season, his first at Triple-A, going 1-8 with a 6.15 ERA in 18 starts. Since the All-Star break, however, he has much more success. In his last seven starts, he is 4-3 with a 2.18 ERA and has struck out 33 batters in 45 1/3 innings.