Four Burlington Bees combined efforts to pitch a 10-inning no-hitter against the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday: Jose Soriano, Parker Joe Robinson, Hector Yan and Chad Sykes.
It is the first Bees no-hitter in 11 years, with the last one pitched by current Kansas City Royals hurler Danny Duffy and now-retired reliever Juan Abreu in nine innings against the Peoria Chiefs in 2008.
The Bees almost pitched a no-hitter in a previous Soriano start against the Dayton Dragons earlier this season, but they lost the no-no in the 9th inning. (You can read about that game here.) Soriano pitched six innings in that game, but lasted only 3.2 innings in Tuesday’s game. He walked five and struck out four.
Robinson pitched 1.1 innings and was the only Bees pitcher who didn’t walk a batter. He struck out one.
Yan walked one and struck out two in three innings. Sykes walked one and struck out two in two innings, and got the win after Nonie Williams drove home the game’s only run in the bottom of the 10th.
Williams’ RBI single was one of only three mustered by the Bees offense. The other two came off the bat of Keinner Piña. Burlington drew only one walk, which means the team that got no-hit had almost twice as many baserunners as the team that did the no-hitting.
Official attendance was 3,200. The Bees gave away free general admission tickets to the game.