VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver pitcher Tom Drees has to wonder how to get to the major leagues. Apparently, pitching three no-hitters in one season doesn't work.
Drees, 26, accomplished the feat as the Canadians downed the Las Vegas Stars 5-0 Wednesday night in the first game of a double-header. In the minor leagues, double-header games are seven innings each.
The performance, witnessed by Larry Himes, vice president and general manager of the parent Chicago White Sox, tied a mark set in 1952, when Bill Bell threw three no-hit games in the Class D Appalachian rookie league.
Drees' first two no-hitters came in back-to-back starts. He blanked the Calgary Cannons 1-0 in a nine-inning game May 23, then beat the Edmonton Trappers 7-0 in a seven-inning game May 28.