There was a low buzz in the air as the game started, but I thought that it was just people wondering if Roger Clemens was in the stadium. His entourage had been at Saturday night’s game to watch Kody Clemens of the Lexington Legends. I had a feeling that something great might happen since Carlos Carrasco was pitching. In his last start, he had a perfect game heading into the eighth inning, when he gave up a walk and a hit.
Carrasco was a little shaky in the first and second innings, but then he settled down. I realized that he had a no-hitter in the fourth inning. Once I noticed that, I was very glad that I had gotten my food before I sat down. I am one of those superstitious fans who believes that you can’t mention that there is a no-hitter in progress. I also don’t like to leave my seat. Everything has to stay the same, or the no-hitter will get broken up. That being said, you can imagine how I felt when I heard the guy sit down next to me and say, “Oh wow he has a no-hitter.” I sighed and thought to myself, ‘it’s his fault not mine if the no-no is broken up.’
Andy Barb came in to relieve Carrasco in the eighth inning. The coaches for the BlueClaws did not want Carrasco to throw too many pitches, which could hinder any future starts. Carrasco’s final line was 7 innings, 0 hits, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 9 strikeouts. The only two batters that reached after Barb came in, were due to two errors by shortstop C.J. Henry. Like many of the Lakewood fans, I was on my feet after the first out, encouraging Barb and the BlueClaws. When the final out was made, the crowd erupted with screams and cheers. The bullpen and dugout joined the rest of the team on the field to congratulate each other. It was announced that this was the third no-hitter in BlueClaws history. The first was thrown by Keith Bucktrot on April 12, 2001. The second no-hitter was thrown by Gavin Floyd on July 24, 2002.
As I walked out of the stadium, I was one of the many fans on their cell phones calling friends and family to tell them that they had just seen a no-hitter. This game was something that I will never forget, and I am very honored to have been a part of Lakewood BlueClaws history.
The BlueClaws are in first place of the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, currently leading the Lake County Captains by six games.