Giovanni Soto, a 21-year-old left-hander, pitched a no-hitter today in a 2-1 victory for the Double-A Akron Aeros over the Altoona Cruve.
Soto struck out six and walked three, while a run scored on a ground out in the sixth inning following a two-base error. He needed 104 pitches to pull off Akron’s first individual no-hitter since Jeanmar Gomez’s perfect game in May 2009.
Entering today’s game, Soto was 5-6 with a 4.09 ERA on the season, but had been 0-4 in his last six starts. The tall Puerto Rico native is a decent prospect for the Tribe, as he was ranked 39 in the system by Indians Prospect Insider’s Tony Lastoria before the season began.
He was originally acquired from the Detroit Tigers for Jhonny Peralta in July 2010. Kudos go out to Soto for the huge individual accomplishment today, and it’s really cool to see that it happened at Akron’s Canal Park.