Four pitchers, including Greg Holland, combined to throw a no-hitter on Thursday evening against the Springfield Cardinals in front of 3.964 fans at Arvest Ballpark, the home field of the AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Holland, a member of the Kansas City Royals bullpen, started the game and in his one inning threw 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes, as he struck out the side in his only frame.
He then gave way to Chris Dwyer who went 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing two walks and striking out five. In earning the victory, Dwyer picked up just his second win against four losses as he lowered his ERA to 5.91. Brendan Lafferty would face one batter, while Kendal Volz pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
In 18.1 innings, Volz is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and opposing hitters are batting just .131 against the 6'5" right-hander from Baylor. The 24-year old prospect was acquired from the Boston Red Sox last summer in the Mike Aviles trade.
The Naturals only scored two runs on seven hits, but it was enough as the team moved to 17-16 on the year.
The two teams are back at it tomorrow evening with talented Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi taking the hill. He is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA.