Captains Hurl Second No Hitter

By MLB.com | July 4, 2007 9:10 AM ET

(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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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