Former University of Kentucky standout Logan Darnell pitched six hitless innings Monday afternoon to complete a no-hitter that teammate Trevor May started on July 24. Darnell had five strikeouts in Triple-A Rochester's 3-0 victory against Durham. The game originally had been suspended by rain.
MiLB.com reported that Darnell had to text May, now in the majors with the Minnesota Twins, to let him know about the no-hitter.
"I told him what happened," Darnell said. "He was pretty pumped. ... He was asking me what guys did, said he was sorry not to be here. We're really good friends. ... I was happy for him that he got called up. Sad he wasn't able to be here, but at the same time, he's doing his thing."
Darnell said he's used to talking and joking with teammates in the dugout during games, so his teammates skipped the tradition of shunning the left-hander while he was on the verge of a no-hitter.
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"I'm kind of one of the guys who's real easy-going, likes to talk to people," Darnell said. "The guys were pretty good about talking to me. ... They know I'm not really a guy to sit by himself and just think about it. I'm usually trying to stay loose and have fun. They were good. It was the same atmosphere that usually would've been kept."
Darnell improved to 6-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 19 games. He has also made three major-league appearances, going 0-1 with 12 strikeouts and an 8.25 ERA in 12 innings.
Darnell isn't the only ex-Cat involved in a no-hitter this season. Chicago Cubs prospect Chris Rusin threw nine hitless innings in Triple-A Iowa's 3-0 victory against New Orleans.