O'Loughlin helms first Connecticut no-no
Jack O'Loughlin is only 19 years old, but he helped make history for Class A Short Season Connecticut on Sunday.The Australian left-hander combined with Michael Bienlien, Kyle Thomas and Kory Behenna on Connecticut's first-ever no-hitter as the Tigers beat Tri-City, 3-0, at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. It was the first
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"It was an unbelievable experience," O'Loughlin said. "There was something after the sixth inning where I looked at [the scoreboard], with three innings remaining. ... I had 100 percent confidence they could complete it."
The trio of relievers piggybacked O'Loughlin, who worked the first six innings. He fanned leadoff man
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"I had to knuckle down and make better pitches and let my field help me out," O'Loughlin said. "The few double plays were very convenient in the situation."
After O'Loughlin departed, Bienlien kept the no-hitter intact in the seventh. The 21-year-old right-hander from Hawaii retired
Thomas came on in the eighth and struck out one while working around an error before turning things over to Behenna. Facing the heart of the ValleyCats lineup, the 22-year-old southpaw worked a 1-2-3 ninth on 12 pitches. He froze
"After the seventh and going into the eighth and ninth, I realized it could happen," said O'Loughlin, who signed with the Tigers when he was 16. "But again, just one pitch could have turned it wrong. That didn't happen today. We got it done.
"Once that last strike was thrown and you knew it had happened, we let out all the emotions."
Connecticut accomplished the feat on the eve of the two-year anniverary of the last New York-Penn League no-hitter. Four Staten Island pitchers combined for a 2-0 whitewash of Tri-City on July 29, 2017.
Sunday's game was scoreless until the fifth, when
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