I reached Will Savage by phone last night after his no-hitter against Sioux City and his first words were, “Jeff…Will Savage…no-hitter.” Pretty flippin’ funny. That dude cracks me up. When our brief conversation was over he said, “I want there to be a color photo on the front page tomorrow.”
Savage’s wasn’t the cleanest of no-hitters, with four walks and a hit batter, but that obviously doesn’t diminish his accomplishment. Savage wasn’t even a starter in the Phillies organization before being released in April and he only made six starts in college at Oklahoma. So to pitch a no-hitter in about the 14th start of his adult life is pretty amazing, regardless of the level at which he’s pitching.
And how about Greg Porter? This guy has been on a tear lately, already being named the American Association Batter of the Week twice this month. He has hit in 13 straight games, tying the Wingnuts record, and hit a solo home run last night for the game’s only run. Porter is now batting .385 with 7 homers and 27 RBIs with a .485 on-base percentage and .622 slugging percentage, both team bests. Porter has 27 walks and just 18 strikeouts.
But back to Savage — the kid hasn’t been getting much run support this season, starting two shutout losses already. His win last night was only his second of the season despite a 2.24 ERA. But he only needed that one run of support. Will Savage become the American Association’s Johnny Vander Meer? His next start will be on Sunday against St. Paul. We’re all expecting a repeat, Will.