He knew after the third inning.
After facing the minimum through three innings on Saturday night, Daytona's Tayler Scott was aware of the fact he hadn't allowed a hit against the Brevard County Manatees. But he wasn't feeling any pressure.
"It was just one of those games where everything was working," Scott said after taking the no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Cubs' 13-2 romp at Space Coast Stadium. "Fastball was very good, I was able to keep it down in the zone."
Sticking with his game plan of pitching inside and keeping the ball down, the 21-year-old right-hander rolled through six frames. He allowed only two baserunners, both of whom were erased on double plays.
In the seventh, he retired Tyrone Taylor -- Milwaukee's top hitting prospect -- on a fly ball to left. When Orlando Arcia came to bat, Scott got the Brewers' No. 4 prospect to do what he wanted -- hit the ball on the ground. What happened next, however, was not part of Scott's plan.
"It was a comebacker at me [that] clipped my glove," the South Africa native said. "[Second baseman Gioskar] Amaya made a great play, but it was a hit."
With the no-hitter gone, Scott knew he needed to get out of the inning. After Michael Reed popped out, Victor Roache singled, but Alfredo Rodriguez bounced to Amaya for Scott's 10th ground-ball out.
By then, Daytona had staked a 9-0 lead.
"Having some run support definitely helps a lot," Scott said after his teammates totaled 21 hits. "Starts like that definitely make you more comfortable going into the next one."
After keeping his ERA to 2.52 in the short-season Northwest League in 2012, Scott went 6-8 with a 4.22 ERA in 24 starts for Class A Kane County last year. Saturday's Florida State League debut is a promising sign as the 2011 fifth-round pick begins his fourth pro season.
Starling Peralta followed Scott with a perfect inning, but Austin Kirk surrendered two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Cubs' offense was led by Pin-Chieh Chen, who went 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Cubs No. 3 prospect Albert Almora and Tim Saunders also plated three runs apiece, while Jeimer Candelario slugged his first homer of the season, a leadoff shot in the fourth.
Manatees starter Jed Bradley (0-1) was tagged for seven runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Stephen Peterson retired two batters in the eighth and gave up four runs on five hits.