Kernels' Colina, Moran combine on no-no
It was not pretty, but it didn't have to be.Edwar Colina and Jovani Moran overcame six walks and two errors, combining for the Class A Kernels' first no-hitter in five years as Cedar Rapids clobbered South Bend, 10-0, on Tuesday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
It was not pretty, but it didn't have to be.
"It wasn't easy, but they both competed extremely well and they both competed to the very end," said Kernels pitching coach Justin Willard. "Colina had his sinker working. He was getting soft contact all night and letting the defense play and the defense made incredible plays. Then Moran came in and mixed in all his pitches and kept guys off balance, his changeup was outstanding. This was a great team effort."
The first hitter of the game,
The Venezuela native finished with five walks and struck out two over a season-high six frames to lower his ERA to 0.60.
Taking over in the seventh, Moran issued a walk and hit Caro, but benefited from two more double plays and faced the minimum the rest of the way. The southpaw locked down his first save and set off a celebration when he got Cubs No. 10 prospect
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The hurlers had plenty of support as the Kernels offense erupted for 10 runs on 15 hits. Eleventh-ranked
"Everything worked together today," said Cibney Bello, who also serves as a pitching coach for the Kernels. "It was pitching, it was defense, and it was offense all stepping up. This was a no-hitter for everybody. It was just so exciting. And it was a really special moment for everyone."
The Kernels' last no-hitter came on April 7, 2013 when
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