Jarrett Gardner threw the first no-hitter in Lincoln Saltdogs history Thursday night, beating El Paso 4-0 at Haymarket Park. It has been a record breaking year for Gardner already, who earlier this year set the all-time Lincoln record for career wins.
Gardner retired the first 17 batters he faced, before giving up his only base runner, a two-out walk in the sixth to David Washington. Washington advanced to third on a wild pitch and a throwing error, but Gardner retired Kennard Bibbs on a groundout to end the frame. The righty faced just one batter over the minimum, striking out four Diablos batters and throwing 92 pitches on the night.
El Paso’s best bid for a hit came in the ninth, when Hector Bernal led off with a bloop behind third base. Shortstop Albenis Machado ranged 30 feet to his right, making a diving catch to preserve the no-hitter.
He picked up the third no-hitter in the history of the American Association, and the second league this season.
Story courtesy of Saltdogs.com