The only thing that could stop Anthony Misiewicz on Sunday afternoon was his pitch count.
The Mariners left-hander threw eight hitless innings and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts as Triple-A Tacoma blanked Iowa, 5-0, at Cheney Stadium. He issued one walk and faced one batter over the minimum.
Misiewicz (6-6) retired the first 10 Cubs before Johnny Field walked on seven pitches to lead off the fourth. He turned out to be the only baserunner against the southpaw.
The 24-year-old set down the next 14 batters, striking out Cubs No. 28 prospect Trent Giambrone and ninth-ranked Zack Short to end the eighth. He matched the career high he set on June 4, 2017 for Class A Advanced Modesto.
Misiewicz did not have an inning that required single-digit pitches. He threw 23 in the fourth to raise his total to 61. After Dixon Machado flied to center to end the sixth, the 6-foot-1 southpaw was at 92 pitches. Tacoma manager Daren Brown kept him in the game after an 11-pitch seventh — his most efficient inning — brought him to 103 pitches, six short of the career high set on April 23 for Double-A Arkansas.
After Giambrone and Short went down on strikes, the Michigan State product was at 116 pitches and Brown replaced brought on lefty Taylor Guilbeau for the ninth.
With three outs separating Tacoma from its first no-hitter since John Halama threw the first nine inning perfect game in Pacific Coast League history on July 7, 2001, Donnie Dewees smacked Guilbeau’s first pitch off the base of the left field wall for a double.
Misiewicz, a 2015 18th-round Draft pick, lowered his ERA to 6.24 in 15 games — including 13 starts — since joining the Rainiers on May 18. He began the season with Arkansas, where he went 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA in seven starts.
Ian Miller tripled and scored in the first to give Misiewicz an early lead, then hit a solo homer — his 11th — in the fifth. Jose Lobaton and Chris Mariscal also went yard for Tacoma.
Shlomo Sprung is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @sprungonsportsThis story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.