Orioles minor league affiliate throws combined no-hitter

Bowie Baysox pitched a combined no-hitter Friday night
Bowie Baysox pitched a combined no-hitter Friday night / Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Double A Bowie Baysox entered into Friday nights contest struggling. The Baysox were 10-24 and sitting in last place in the Eastern League Southwest division. But baseall is a game where anything can happen.

Chayce McDermott got the start Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate, the Altoona Curve. McDermott, the Baltimore Orioles #18 prospect, has been having a good year down on the farm and entered the game with a 2-2 record in seven appearances, five of which were starts.

McDermott got off to a shaky start when he walked the Curve's leadoff hitter, Liover Peguero, however Peguero was later cut down by Baysox Catcher Tim Susnara, trying to steal second base. McDermott also walked the Curve's third hitter but added two strikeouts in the first frame. McDermott was perfect in the second and third innings but walked the first two batters he faced in the fourth inning.

Chayce buckled down and got the next three batters out without any damage. McDermott finished his evening with a perfect fifth inning that included his fourth strikeout of the game. McDermott now sits at 3-2 with a 2.62 ERA and a 44/20 K/BB ratio.

With McDermott's pitch count at 89, Baysox Manager Kyle Moore, brought in Nolan Hoffman in the sixth. Hoffman overwhelmed the opposition, pitching two perfect innings while striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Easton Lucas was brought in to pitch the final two innings. The lanky left hander also pitched two perfect innings and finished the no-hitter by striking out Henry Davis, the Pirates #3 prospect, to end the game. It was the 12th no hitter in Baysox history.

The offensive highlight of the game came when Baysox second baseman/outfielder Billy Cook hit a two run home run in the second inning. The Baysox added two more runs in the fourth inning for insurance.

The game had by Baysox catcher Tim Susnara should not be overlooked. Susnara didn't have a hit, but he did have an RBI, threw out a potential base stealer and called a no-hitter. The team has struggled so far this season, but there is plenty of talent in Bowie, and a lot more on the way.