Three pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter for the Phillies Advanced Single-A Clearwater Threshers
When lightning prematurely knocked Drew Anderson out of Sundays’ game against the St. Lucie Mets, his hopes of getting a no-hitter where all-but washed away.
Thankfully, two of his teammates picked up the slack, and led Clearwater to its’ first no-hitter since 2007.
In his season debut with Clearwater, Drew Anderson pitched four no-hit innings prior to a 44-minute rain delay. The 21st-round pick from 2012 had struck out six batters, and only allowed one baserunner prior to being pulled.
“After the fourth inning, I was in the clubhouse doing my arm care and I came out in the bottom of in the eighth,” Anderson said. “I was like, ‘Wow. All right, Will.”
Will Morris, a 24th-round pick in 2013, entered the game in the fifth inning and shutdown Mets batters for four innings. Victor Arano, who was acquired in the Roberto Hernandez trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished off the game in the ninth inning, sealing the combined no-no for Clearwater at Bright House Field.
Saturdays’ game was the first no-hitter for Clearwater since Drew Carpenter threw a seven-inning perfect game in 2007, and the first no-hitter in the Phillies minor leagues since 2013. The last to come in the teams’ organization was Cole Hamels’ no-hitter in Chicago last season, which, evidentially, was his final game with the Phillies.
The three Clearwater pitchers combined to throw 11 strikeouts, and each allowed a walk in their outings.