April 28, 2009 - Florida State League (FSL) - Daytona Tortugas
DAYTONA - Brevard County starting pitcher Evan Anundsen (2-2) worked nine innings of hitless baseball in the Manatees (12-6) 1-0 victory over the Daytona Cubs (9-9). The no-hitter was the first in the Florida State League since 2006.
The game was dominated by the pitchers as it was a scoreless ball game until the eighth inning. The Cubs got a very good spot start from Craig Muschko who worked four scoreless innings and only gave up three hits and struck out four.
Jose Pina came on for the next two innings and was just as good. The Daytona newcomer struck out three and only allowed one hit.
With Steve Vento (0-2) on the mound in the eighth left fielder Logan Schafer hit a one-out triple off the wall in right field. After a walk to Eric Farris, Cubs Manager Buddy Bailey elected to go with a lefty-lefty match-up as he brought in Dustin Sasser to relieve Vento. Sasser got ahead of the reigning Florida State League Player of the Week, Caleb Gindl, but surrendered a RBI single to center field that would be the difference in the game.
Things did get interesting in the bottom of the ninth for Anundsen. He induced a pop fly to shallow left field off the bat of second baseman Nathan Samson, but it was dropped by shortstop Brent Brewer for his second error of the game. Anundsen did not get rattled and promptly struck out designated hitter Tyler Colvin to complete the no-hitter.
The Cubs will look to get the bats going tomorrow night back at Space Coast Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Rafael Dolis is scheduled to go for Daytona and Mike Jones for Brevard County. The Cubs return home on Thursday for another contest with these Manatees. Game time for that one is 7:05 p.m.