Sunday, July 30, 2017

On the wrong end of history (Staten Island No-hits Tri-City, 2-0, 7/29/17)

After winning the first two games of their series vs. the Staten Island Yankees in walk-off fashion, the Tri-City Valleycats went for the sweep Saturday night on Social Media Night at a packed Joe Bruno Stadium. Instead, the 'Cats' bats went to sleep.

Four Yankees pitchers combined to no-hit Tri-City, allowing only 5 walks, with 2 more runners reaching on fielder's choices, while striking out 12, as the Baby Bombers salvaged the final game of the series, 2-0.

In a strange move, Yankee starter Jhony Brito was lifted after the 1st inning, despite throwing just 8 pitches and retiring the 'Cats in order. Eventual winner Juan De Paula came on in the 3rd, after Alex Bisacca similarly stifled the Valleycats in the 2nd. DePaula went into the 7th before being lifted himself, but there was very little the Valleycats could do, regardless of who was on the hill for Staten Island. DePaula finished with 6 K's in his 4 1/3 innings of work. Justin Kamplain finished for the save.

Kit Scheetz was the hard luck loser, giving up a run on six hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out 5. Colton McKee went 1 1/3 innings, and Juan Robles finished, striking out 4 while giving up an unearned run in the 6th. Next for Tri-City, the Vermont Lake Monsters come to town for a series beginning today at 5 pm, wrapping up the series and the homestand with the final camp day of the season on Tuesday.

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