Three Clinton pitchers combine to no-hit Cedar Rapids

Three LumberKings pitchers combined efforts to throw the first Midwest League no-hitter of the season while issuing two walks in Clinton’s 2-0 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Friday.

RHP Daniel Missaki pitched the first seven innings for Clinton, retiring the first 20 batters he faced before walking Trey Vavra with two outs in the 7th. Right-handers Kody Kerski and Troy Scott each threw an inning in relief of Missaki, with Scott also issuing a walk.

Missaki struck out seven of the 10 batters rung up by the LumberKings.

Kernels LHP Stephen Gonsalves was the hard-luck loser. He gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out eight batters in seven innings. He was relieved by LHP Michael Theofanopoulos, who struck out one in two scoreless innings.

Estarlyn Morales hit a solo home run and Kristian Brito hit an RBI double.

The no-hitter is the 23rd in Clinton’s history. The last one was pitched in 2013 by the late Victor Sanchez, who died in late March after suffering head injuries in a boating accident in February.

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