Eric Stults and Justin Masterson – the two former Bethel College baseball pitchers now slinging in the majors – won on back-to-back days.
Stults, the 33-year-old San Diego Padres left-hander, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and went on to beat the Washington Nationals Saturday.
The Middlebury, Ind. resident would up giving up four hits in eight innings with five strikeouts and two walks. For Stults, it was the 20th of his big league career. His earned run average went down from 4.57 at the beginning of the game to 4.05 at the end.
After the game, Stults (4-3) told MLB Network Radio that the Padres will be successful if they continue be “grinders.”
Masterson, 28, was once again masterful. The 6-foot-6 Cleveland Indians right-hander pitched seven innings of three-hit, no-run baseball in beating the Seattle Mariners Sunday.
“Mr. Clean” moved to 7-2 with a 2.83 earned run average and 71 strikeouts in 70 innings on the season.
Masterson has won his last three starts and has gone 23 innings and given up 11 hits and three earned runs with 27 strikeouts in that span.