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Captains Hurl Second No Hitter

July 4, 2007
(Salisbury MD)Nine days after pitching the first no-hitter in franchise history, the Lake County Captains did it again. And the victims were the same. Hector Rondon and Neil Wagner combined on a no-hitter Tuesday as the Captains blanked the Delmarva Shorebirds, 3-0 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The feat occurred less than two weeks after Carlton Smith, Austin Creps and Luis Perdomo combined on a 2-0 victory over Delmarva and the first no-hitter in Lake County history.

"It's pretty special," said Lake County first-year manager Chris Tremie, who played 14 years in the Minor Leagues and saw three no-hitters in-person. "I haven't witnessed it before. I've never heard of two no-hitters in nine days."

In this one, Rondon (6-4) walked two and struck out five over six frames. He set down the first five batters before walking Brandon Tripp in the second. His only other blemish was a walk to Daniel Figueroa in the sixth.

"Hector was very aggressive with his fastball," said Tremie, who lifted the 19-year-old after 83 pitches. "He got himself in good counts and was more consistent with making his pitches. He did a great job."

Rondon is 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA in five starts this season against the Shorebirds (4-8), who have been blanked six times, three by the Captains. Rondon, who was signed with Cleveland as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, went 3-4 with a 5.13 ERA in 11 starts in the Gulf Coast League last season.

Wagner fanned five without issuing a walk in three innings. He hit Christopher Vinyard with a pitch with two outs in the seventh but set down the next seven batters for his 10th save. The 23-year-old right-hander got Brandon Snyder to fly out to right field for the final out.

Lake County (9-3) did all of its scoring in the second as Niuman Romero ripped a two-run double and scored on an error by second baseman Miguel Abreu.

Delmarva starter Kyle Schmidt (3-5) took the loss after giving up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six frames.

Ryan McConnell is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.