Friday, July 08, 2011

Hot Rods' Mateo throws no-hitter

Bowling Green's Victor Mateo threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the Hot Rods' 1-0 win over Lake County in the second game of a doubleheader Friday.

Mateo (9-4), who walked three, struck out a season-high 10 and had only two balls leave the infield, is 4-0 over his last five appearances. In his last four starts, Mateo has an 0.78 ERA. His nine wins tie him for the most in the Midwest League.

The 21-year-old right-hander is in his fifth professional season. He had eight wins in his previous four seasons.

On Friday, Mateo worked himself into a sixth-inning jam. LeVon Washington walked with one out and stole second and third. Carlos Moncrief drew a two-out walk before Mateo induced an inning-ending groundball.

Washington's walk ended a string of 17 consecutive hitters retired by Mateo. He also walked Washington to lead off the game. Mateo retired the Captains in order in the seventh, and final, inning. He caught a line-drive comebacker for the final out.

It's the first no-hitter in the Hot Rods' history.

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