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October 3, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: DSL season ends, Gossett nearly throws no-hitter


10/3 Cup of Coffee
: The minor league season is rapidly coming to a close. After most of the affiliates closed out their seasons a couple of weeks prior, the Dominican Summer League had its final contests today, while the Triple-A "Final Stretch" closes out on Sunday. Worcester had a strong finish to its win over Lehigh Valley, with Daniel Gossett (pictured) carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning after he set down the first 10 batters of the game in order. DSL Blue exploded for 13 runs, though they had plenty of help from their intra-organizational counterparts, with each team generating just six hits each.

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It was scoreless through five, but Worcester scored in three of its final four at-bats to take the win on the penultimate day of its season. The offense was led by Franchy Cordero, who was 3 for 5 with four RBI, including a three-run home run in the ninth to put an exclamation point on the game. Jonathan Arauz, who also had a multi-hit outing, delivered an RBI single in the sixth. It was also a great evening for Daniel Gossett, who nearly had a complete game shutout. Instead, he settled for 8 1/3 one-hit innings, striking out seven along the way. He had a perfect game into the fourth inning and held onto his no-hitter through eight full frames of work. 

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It was the final day of the season in the Dominican Summer League and Blue went out with a bang, taking advantage of seven walks, five hit batters and three errors to explode for 13 runs despite just six hits. Each team had the same number of knocks, but Blue walked one batter, hit another and only committed a pair of errors, limiting free baserunners. Alexis Hernandez was the only batter between both teams with two hits, doing so for Blue, while his teammate, Alixandri Alvarez, had two RBI. Blue did most of its damage across the second when the home tram scored seven, followed by another five tallies in the fourth. Jean Carlos Reyes started for Blue and threw the first three innings of the ballgame, surrendering only an unearned run on one hit. On the other side, Efren Diaz handled the final two frames for Red and was the only Red arm to not allow a run, doing so without permitting a runner to reach safely.

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Player of the Day: When a pitcher carries a no-hitter through eight innings, they're an easy choice for player of the day. Daniel Gossett retired the first 10 hitters he faced, then after a walk, set down 14 consecutive IronPigs before he was done in by a single to lead off the final inning. It was a tremendous outing for the 28-year-old, as it was the first time he pitched even into the eighth inning this season. The Clemson product missed 2019 and had a solid return to baseball in 2021, pitching to a 4.22 ERA across 98 innings.

Photo Credit: Daniel Gossett by Kelly O'Connor