Smokies LHP Jokisch tosses no-hitter

Last week, Double-A Tennessee Smokies starter Eric Jokisch was put on the seven-day disabled list for arm fatigue. It’s safe he’s feeling better after his return on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old southpaw became the first Smokies pitcher to toss a nine-inning no-hitter in 28 seasons, throwing 108 pitches and striking out eight. The Virginia, Ill., native’s four walks were the only blemishes on his record.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva snared a line drive in the ninth and shortstop Javier Baez made a diving catch on a looping fly ball a batter later to keep the effort intact.

Jokisch is 9-10 on the year with a 3.57 ERA and 114 strikeouts over 128.2 innings. He was the Cubs’ 11th-round pick in 2011 from Northwestern University.

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