Tulsa Drillers pitcher Cedric Shaw wasn't surprised when
he was taken out of Thursday night's baseball game against
the Arkansas Travelers even though he hadn't allowed a hit
through seven innings.
"I knew I was near my pitch limit when I was told I was
coming out of the game," said Shaw. "I would have liked
to have stayed in the game, but I understand the main objective
is for me to get to the major leagues, and the Texas Rangers
don't want me taking any chances by throwing too many pitches
early in the season."
Shaw watched from the dugout as Everett Cunningham and Barry
Manuel each pitched an inning to complete a 2-0 no-hit victory
over Arkansas on Thursday night before 1,404 fans at Drillers
"It feels good to be a part of history," a Shaw, a 23-year-old
left-hander who was 4-5 for Tulsa last year and is on the
parent Rangers' 40-man roster. "I haven't been a part of
a no-hitter since I threw two in my first season in high
school (Brusly, La.)."
It was the first nine-inning no-hitter by the Drillers in
their 15-season history and the first nine-inning Class
AA Texas League no-hitter in the 11-season history of Drillers
Stadium. The last previous no-hitter by a Drillers pitcher
was a seven-inning no-hitter by Steve Kordish against Midland
on May 29, 1984, at Drillers Stadium.
The only other seven-inning no-hitter in Drillers Stadium
history was by Tim Henry on Aug. 8, 1982, against Arkansas.
The last nine-inning TL no-hitter in Tulsa was by Jackson's
Larry Prewitt on Sept. 1, 1977, at Driller Park.
Bob Forsch was the last previous Tulsa pitcher to throw
a nine-inning no-hitter, when he hurled for the Class AAA
Oilers against Denver on May 25, 1973, at Oiler Park in
an American Association game.
Shaw (2-0) walked six and struck out three. He picked off
three runners from first base, however.
"I didn't have good stuff," said Shaw, who threw 96 pitches.
"I didn't really have a curve. I had to rely on my changeup."
The only near-hit Arkansas (1-4) had came on Shaw's last
pitch of the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Cliff
Brannon hit a sharp ground ball up the middle. Shortstop
Ozzie Hernandez ranged far to his left to glove the ball,
and his throw to first base narrowly beat Brannon as first
baseman Mike Burton did a good job of keeping his foot on
"Ozzie made a great play," said Tulsa manager Bobby Jones.
"He's a major-league shortstop. After that inning, I had
to get Cedric out of there because of the (Rangers') 95-pitch
limit. Cedric pitched well and kept their hitters off balance
with his change-up."
Cunningham, a right-hander, pitched a perfect eighth inning
to set up Manuel, who usually doesn't enter a game until
the ninth inning.
Manuel, a right-hander, retired the first two batters he
faced in the ninth before walking Mike Fiore on a full-count
pitch. Joey Fernandez came up to the plate representing
the tying run, but grounded a fastball weakly to Hernandez,
who threw to second baseman Jeff Frye for the game-ending
"I didn't realize until the game was over that it was a
no-hitter," said Manuel, who leads the TL with four saves.
"I knew after the seventh inning that we had a no-hitter
but then I went to the bullpen and I didn't know what happened
in the eighth.
"It was probably a good thing I was concentrating on winning
the game instead of the no-hitter because I might have put
too much pressure on myself. Cedric deserves all the credit.
Everett also pitched great."
Arkansas starter John Ericks (0-1) allowed only two hits
in the first six innings before allowing two hits in the
seventh. Tulsa took a 1-0 lead in the third on a leadoff
home run by Trey McCoy, who has homered in three consecutive
Tulsa catcher Ivan Rodriguez saw his team-high six-game
hitting streak snapped.
The Drillers have won 15 of their past 18 home games against Arkansas.