Eddie Gamboa garnered plenty of attention following his seven-inning no-hitter on June 30.
In addition to his story in the Sun-Star, his journeyman tale also appeared in USA Today and the Baltimore Sun.
The Baltimore Orioles took note, promoting Gamboa to Triple-A Norfolk for just the second time in his career.
It just so happened that the former Merced High right-hander's first Triple A start came against a fellow Merced County alum.
Gwinnett, the Atlanta Braves' Triple A squad, countered with former Dos Palos ace Cody Martin.
What looked like a possible classic showdown, turned into a rough afternoon for both local hurlers.
Gamboa allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and exited after 42/3 innings pitched.
Martin didn't fair any better. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 32/3 innings pitched. It was Martin's first bad outing in five starts since his promotion to Triple-A.
He had only surrendered four total runs in his previous four starts and struck out 32.
The only good news on the evening for the pair was that they both earned no decisions.
Gamboa and Martin are two of eight minor league players with local ties.Here's a look at how the rest are doing:
Jake Jefferies, Triple-A New Orleans
The former Buhach Colony catcher hasn't played since June 22 and is still listed on the disabled list.
Bradin Hagens, Double-A Mobile
Hagens hasn't had many bad starts since the first of June, but the two that he has had, he's responded quite positively from.
The former Merced College ace had a rough Fourth of July, allowing a season-high eight runs. He bounced back with six shutout innings his next go on the hill.
Dylan Floro, Low-A Bowling Green
Floro's 1.74 ERA is video game-esque. And it keeps getting smaller with each start.
Since the start of June, the former BC hurler has allowed just four total runs in six starts. He's 4-0, pitched six complete innings in all those outings and had a 29:6 strikeout to walk ratio.
Brett Mooneyham, Low-A Hagerstown
With a 4-2 record and a 2.37 ERA, Mooneyham is having a pretty comparable season to his former Thunder teammate.
He's only allowed 27 hits in 462/3 innings. He might not be surrendering any runs if it wasn't for the 32 walks allowed. The 6-foot-5 southpaw has always had occasional bouts of wildness, but if he reels in the walks, the South Atlantic League could be in real trouble.
Jake Sisco, Low-A Lake County
Sisco hasn't had the pinpoint control he displayed at Merced College, but just keeps turning in solid outings.
He's 4-6 on the season with a 3.75 ERA, but 24 of his 34 walks have come in his last 10 outings.
Shawn Stuart, Low-A Tri-City
Stuart shook off a couple rough showings to earn wins in his last two relief appearances.
He tossed two scoreless innings on Monday to improve to 3-1 with a 6.08 ERA in 11 games.WORDHERE