Carlos Carrasco is in the midst of a hot streak, to say the least. In the last 33 1/3 innings, the 19 year old right-hander has allowed just ten hits. The streak includes having a perfect game going into the eighth inning of his last start and another seven innings without allowing a hit on Sunday.
While Carrasco was near perfect in his last outing, he did have some control issues Sunday, walking five hitters, tying a season-high. Over his 33 1/3 inning span, Carrasco has also allowed just four earned runs and has lowered his season ERA to 2.25 with Lakewood.
Carrasco tired Sunday and it was pitching coach Steve Schrenk who made the decision to remove him from the game. Through the first two innings, Carrasco's outing didn't look like it was going to be anything special. In the first inning, Carrasco struck out the side, but ran into big trouble in the second. Carrasco walked two hitters and had a hit batsman to load the bases before he walked in Lexington's lone run of the game. From there though, he settled in to look more like he has in his previous starts.
Andrew Barb picked up where Carrasco left off, striking out three and recording a two-inning save for Lakewood, his 18th of the season. Barb lowered his season ERA to 2.26 with Lakewood. Barb did uncork a wild pitch in the eighth inning and was victimized by errors by shortstop C.J. Henry in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Barb escaped through both innings unscathed.
Carrasco and Barb's outing was the third no hitter in Lakewood history. Keith Bucktrot threw one in 2001 and Gavin Floyd followed with one in 2002. Floyd's no-hitter was also against Lexington, but Lakewood lost that game 1-0. Lakewood almost had their third no-hitter back on August 5th when Josh Outman no-hit Kannapolis in a 7-0 Lakewood win.