No-hitter a team effort for Fishers
MANCHESTER — Brett Cecil and relievers Danny Farquhar and Ron Uviedo combined on the first no-hitter in the Eastern League this season as New Hampshire beat Portland, 6-0, in the series opener Monday night.
Red Sox top pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo made his second Double-A start, but a triumvirate of Fisher Cats stole the spotlight before 5,481 fans at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Cecil pitched 5 2/3 innings, followed by Farquhar (2 1/3) and closer Uviedo, who pitched the ninth inning. While a fan at suite level chanted ';No hits, no runs,'; Uviedo locked down the no-no by retiring Bryce Brentz on a grounder to shortstop.
It was the third no-hitter in franchise history, an elite pitchers' club that includes Jamie Vermilyea (2004) and Kyle Drabek (2010). Portland has been no-hit five times since 1996.
Cecil, making his third start since returning from a groin injury, had eight strikeouts with three walks. In the sixth, after throwing his 86th pitch, Cecil was relieved by Farquhar. No sense leaving Cecil (2-2) in the game much longer.
';Brett's building back up. His stuff was crisp. He worked both sides of the plate and changed speeds,'; Blue Jays minor league pitching coordinator Dane Johnson said. ';With that kind of command and breaking stuff, he could've pitched in the big leagues tonight.';
With two outs in the eighth, Sea Dogs leadoff hitter Ryan Dent slapped a pitch up the middle that was barehanded by second baseman Brian Bocock, who fired to first base for the out. It was a tough play for Bocock, called up from Single-A Dunedin and activated on Monday.
Uviedo said his adrenalin was flowing at ';150 percent.'; New Hampshire (17-25) snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed ahead of last-place Portland (15-28) The Fisher Cats scored five earned runs against Ranaudo (0-1), who took the loss after exiting in the sixth. Mike McDade's two-run double made it 3-0 in the third inning, and the lead to ballooned to 6-0 on Bocock's run-scoring double in the sixth.
McDade (3-for-4) knocked in three runs, and Bocock (2-for-3) had two RBIs. Bocock replaced Koby Clemens on the active roster. Clemens was sent to Advanced-A Dunedin.
Former Keene Swamp Bats reliever Josh Fields pitched the ninth for Portland.