Mark Cohoon tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout Thursday night in Greensboro, NC in a 7-0 Gnats win. For the second consecutive outing, Cohoon allowed three hits and a walk over nine innings. He is the only pitcher in all of minor league baseball to throw two complete game shutouts this year. In his last 18 innings, Cohoon has given up just six hits, two walks and one hit batter, while striking out 15 without allowing a single run.
The Gnats (36-25) have now won four straight games.
Including both Major and Minor Leaguers, Cohoon is now part of an elite club of four pitchers with two or more complete game shutouts in 2010. He joins Roy Halladay, who has tossed three, and Matt Cain and Ubaldo Jimenez who each have two complete game shutouts, as the only pitchers with multiple shutouts.
Cohoon now leads the SAL with his 1.44 ERA and is sixth in all of minor league baseball.
The Gnats scored in five different innings on Thursday, tying a season-high with three home runs. 1B Michael Fisher and SS Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back jacks in the third inning, the first time that the Gntas have hit two long balls in the same inning this year.
The interview I did with Mark last Saturday, following his first complete game shutout is below.
photo courtesy Fred Devyatkin/Savannah Sand Gnats