Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mateo throws no-hitter for Biscuits

Victor Mateo threw the second no-hitter in Biscuits history Saturday, facing the minimum in a 3-0 victory over the Jacksonville Suns.

Mateo's only blemish was a first-inning walk that the Biscuits quickly erased with a double play. The right-hander (6-9) finished with five strikeouts.

Matt Moore threw the Biscuits' previous no-hitter June 16, 2011 at Mobile. It was Mateo's second career no-hitter. He threw a seven-inning gem for low-Class A Bowling Green on July 8, 2011 vs. Lake County.

The Suns came close to a hit twice.

In the third inning, Michael Main hit a blooper to right field that second baseman Ryan Brett hauled in with an over-the-shoulder catch. In the seventh, Austin Barnes hit a liner at Mateo. He knocked it down, recovered and threw to first for the out.

Two other times, the Suns almost had a runner on plays that would likely have been scored errors.

In the seventh, J.T. Realmuto hit a groundball to shortstop Robi Estrada. Estrada's throw almost pulled first baseman Cameron Seitzer off the bag. In the eighth, Danny Pertusati grounded to third baseman Robby Price, whose throw was also wide. Seitzer came off the bag, made the catch and tagged out Pertusati.

Seitzer hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and Kyeong Kang an RBI double in the second for Montgomery.

UPDATE: Biscuits, Mateo celebrate no-hitter

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