After making four appearances with the parent club in Spring Training, Andrew Moore put together an almost historic effort in his Texas League debut on Thursday night.
"It was fun. We had a good game plan going in," Moore said. "I got in a good rhythm and kind of took it from there."
Moore, the Mariners' No. 5 prospect, carried a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed one hit while striking out seven over six innings in the Travelers' 2-1 loss to visiting Corpus Christi.
"You kind of know those things are going on," Moore said of the no-hit bid. "Those pitchers that say they don't know definitely knew."
Garrett Stubbs broke through for the Hooks with two outs in the sixth, ending Moore's bid with a single up the middle. Moore won a 10-pitch battle with the next batter, Drew Ferguson, retiring him on a fly ball to center field to end the inning and, ultimately, his outing.
"I had to take a few deep breaths and recompose myself [after allowing the hit to Stubbs]," Moore said. "[Ferguson] was eating up pitches really good and we eventually got him to go after a good slider."
Moore's decision to attack Ferguson on a full count followed the game plan that the 2015 second-round pick out of Oregon State said he takes into most of his starts.
"It's the same thing we always really have: establish the fastball the first time through, then eventually work the off-speed stuff," Moore said. "I wanted to establish the inside fastball more and then, the second time through, work the off-speed."
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Scouts had praised Moore's control after a 2016 season in which he issued 31 walks over 163 innings, but the 22-year-old right-hander showed some signs of rust on Opening Day, walking a pair and throwing a wild pitch. He still proved to be dominant as the runner that advanced on the wild pitch was the only Hook to make it past first base while Moore was on the mound.
Moore was named Jamie Moyer Pitcher of the Year by the Mariners after going 12-4 with a 2.65 ERA between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Double-A Jackson. He's back at Double-A to start the season as Seattle shifted its affiliate to Arkansas and the Texas League.
After Moore exited, Corpus Christi rallied in the eighth as Bryan Muniz and Ramon Laureano singled off reliever Blake Perry. Zac Curtis came on with two outs and walked Stubbs before Ferguson delivered a go-ahead two-run single.
Ian Miller tripled, singled and scored the Travelers' lone run.