Former Highland High School standout Jake Odorizzi tossed seven no-hit innings Sunday as part of a combined no-hitter for the Class AAA Durham Bulls.
Odorizzi (3-0), one of the top pitching prospects in the minors, struck out three and walked four in seven innings. He got eight outs on fly balls and three relievers combined to toss two more hitless innings to close out a 2-0 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox in an International League contest.
"The approach was the same as every game," Odorizzi told MLB.com. "I was just throwing the fastball and mixing in my other stuff, trying to keep guys off-balance. That's basically what we did today.
"I left some stuff up today, and the one or two times they hit balls decent, they were right at guys. It was one of those days when everything was going right."
Odorizzi is 3-0 this season with a 2.65 ERA in six starts with 39 strikeouts in 34 innings. He made his major league debut last September with the Kansas City Royals.
Odorizzi, 23, was traded to Tampa Bay during the offseason along with top hitting prospect Wil Myers by Kansas City as part of the deal for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and shortstop Elliot Johnson,
It is the second time Odorizzi has been part of a no-hitter in the minor leagues. He also pitched the first eight innings of one in 2010 for Class A Wisconsin while he was still in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization.
"Being a part of something like this two times is pretty awesome," Odorizzi told MLB.com. "It's definitely a special time for the team."