Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Big Victor

On July 27th Derek Dietrich hit a home run in the 7th inning to spoil Victor Mateo's no hit bid.

28 days later, he did not, and Victor Mateo made Biscuits history.


Mateo throwing a ball that wont be hit
On Saturday night right handed pitcher Victor Mateo threw 100 pitches, 75 for strikes, tossing the first no hitter in Riverwalk Stadium history. It is just the second no-no in Biscuits history.

Mateo walked the second hitter of the game and followed that up with a ground ball double play, facing the minimum 27 hitters before a near sellout crowd on the final Saturday home game of the season.

Taking just under two hours and twenty minutes to complete, the fans were treated to double fireworks after the game but had already seen the show.

THE VIEW FROM HERE IS GREAT
Pitching coach for the Biscuits RC Lichtenstein said of his role in the historic game "All I had to do was watch this one!"

Lichtenstein wasnt the only one watching it, though of the sixty-two hundred people there, one person felt a little more lonely than the others.
Bottom of the 8th Inning



A LITTLE BACK STORY
On the 27th of July, Victor lost the no hitter and ended up getting tabbed with the loss after allowing five runs on three homers. He went from no-hitter to defeat after hitting the wall in the seventh inning, lifted for a reliever with two outs.

Just two starts previous Victor had proven his stamina by hurling a seven inning complete game against Pensacola during the "Rain Turtle" series.

Mateo has thrown one previous no hitter, of the seven inning variety in A ball.

TURN THE PAGE
Victor Mateo turned his season around, with just two wins and seven losses in the first half of the season and his Earned Run Average a lofty 6.51.

The second half has been the exact opposite, with a 2.03 ERA in twelve starts his 4-2 record and two complete games show that he has completely reversed course.
Opponents who hit nearly .300 off his pitches in the first half now struggle to hit .150.


Whatever he has been doing differently in the second half, its working!

LOST IN THE EXCITEMENT

Delmon Young had two hits and a run scored, plus looked patient at the plate, looking more like a big leaguer getting his timing back than he did in game one.

Cameron Seitzer hit his fifth homer of the series, a two run blast that extended the Biscuits lead to three runs.


Biscuits celebrate the No Hitter

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