Originally created 08/20/00

Minor league notebook



Call it mother's intuition, but Reggie Glaser could sense that Friday night was destined to be a special one for her son.

"I knew it when he had eight strikeouts in the first five innings," she said. "You could tell he was pumped up tonight."

It also didn't take long for the 4,049 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium and his Augusta GreenJackets teammates to realize it was going to be a special night for Eric Glaser.

The 22-year-old Glaser pitched the third no-hitter in franchise history Friday, a 3-0 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

"Sometimes, you see certain things happen over the course of a game like they did (Friday), and you start to realize that a no-hitter is going to happen," Jackets pitching coach Bob Kipper said. "There were a few nice plays defensively, and a lot of bad swings."

Kipper and several Jackets pointed to Luis Garcia's lunging catch of a line drive by Hagerstown's Jose Umbria leading off the sixth inning as the turning point.

"Once Luis made that play, I think everyone started to think it was going to happen," Kipper said.

"There were a couple of nice plays behind me, including the two by Luis and the catch by Lew (Ford) in center," Glaser said. "A lot of things went my way."

The 6-foot-6 right-hander also made his own breaks Friday.

"What he did was mix his pitches well, and he was not predictable at all," Kipper said. "He threw three pitches over the plate whenever he wanted to, and he threw his fastball down in the zone with very good command. Put aside the no-hitter and he did some very good things."

And while pitching a no-hitter should only enhance Glaser's stock, the Red Sox already were impressed by what their 1997 second-round draft pick has accomplished in his fourth pro season.

In 29 appearances this season, including 13 starts, Glaser is 8-6 with a 3.74 ERA.

"This should be a confidence booster for him, no question about that," said Red Sox minor league pitching coordinator Ralph Treuel. "He's done a great job the last two years pitching between (short-season) Lowell and Augusta.

"He's been in the rotation, has pitched out of the bullpen and has been a spot starter, and has done a heck of a job pitching in a lot of different roles," Treuel added. "You've got to be impressed by what he's done."

"It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," Kipper said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do this year, and has always done it with a smile. He just loves to play the game."

WINNING GAMBLE:

Starter Jerome Gamble was named the South Atlantic League pitcher of the week for Aug. 11-17.

The 20-year-old right-hander went 2-0 and did not allow a run in 11 innings of work last week. Overall, the 1998 fourth-round pick is 4-3 with a 2.32 ERA.

LOSING GAMBLE:

What do the Red Sox have to show for trading away former GreenJackets Cesar Saba and Dennis Tankersley?

Nothing, now that veteran third baseman Ed Sprague has been designated for assignment, meaning he likely will be given his outright release.

Acquired by the Sox in a deal with San Diego on June 30, Sprague batted just .216 with two home runs and nine RBI. He became the odd-man out in Boston last week when infielder Jose Offerman came off the disabled list.

While Saba has struggled offensively since joining the Padres organization -- the highly-touted shortstop was batting .170 in 100 at-bats with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League -- he has played outstanding defensively.

Tankersley has been solid in his first nine starts with Fort Wayne, going 3-2 with a 2.63 ERA. He has struck out 62 batters and walked just 19 in 51 1/3 innings.

THEFT KING:

Cardinals farmhand Esix Snead of the Potomac Cannons became the first minor leaguer since 1985 to steal 100 bases in a season with a ninth-inning bag against the Frederick Keys in a Class A Carolina League game on Thursday.

The last to steal 100 in the minors was Marcus Lawton, who stole 111 bases with the Columbia Mets of the SAL in 1985.

The SAL and all-time minor league stolen base record is held by Vince Coleman, who stole 145 bases for Macon in 1983.

Snead, an 18th-round pick of the Cards in 1998 out of Central Florida, is just six steals away from breaking the all-time league record of 105, set by Lenny Dykstra of the Lynchburg Mets in 1983.

The Augusta single-season stolen base record is 60, by Pirates farmhand Victor Gutierrez in 1998.

On Thursday, Jackets center fielder Lew Ford became the fourth player in franchise history to steal 50 bases in a season.

MARATHON:

Asheville and Hickory played the longest game in professional baseball this season last Sunday, a marathon that ended with catcher Jeff Winchester's two-out solo home run in the top of the 20th that lifted the Tourists to a 4-3 win.

Winchester was 0-for-8 with a walk entering the inning, ended the five-hour, 16-minute contest. He caught all 20 innings and recorded 30 putouts.

The previous longest game in baseball this season had been 19 innings, accomplished once in the majors and twice in the minors. The longest game in the 41-year history of the South Atlantic League is 21 innings, which happened twice -- a 3-2 Greensboro victory over Gastonia in 1982 and a 7-5 Charleston, W.Va., in 1988.

JACKETS TODAY

Vs.: Asheville Tourists (Rockies)

Where: Lake Olmstead Stadium

When: 2:30 p.m.

Probable starters: Asheville -- RHP Chris Dohmann (0-3, 6.50 ERA); Augusta -- RHP Anastacio Martinez (8-6, 5.05). Tickets: $7, $6, $5, SeniorsChildren 4-12, Military $4.

Promotion: Family Fun Fest -- Families of up to six people pay just $10 with coupon in The Augusta Chronicle.