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Bello tosses seven-inning no-no for Sea Dogs

No. 5 Red Sox prospect works around run, three walks in milestone
@Steph_Sheehan
May 5, 2022

Brayan Bello had only thrown seven innings once in his four-year professional career prior to Thursday night. When he did it for the second time in Double-A Portland’s 3-1 win over Reading in Game 2 of a doubleheader, he did it in emphatic fashion – namely a 96-pitch, seven-inning no-hitter.

Brayan Bello had only thrown seven innings once in his four-year professional career prior to Thursday night.

When he did it for the second time in Double-A Portland’s 3-1 win over Reading in Game 2 of a doubleheader, he did it in emphatic fashion – namely a 96-pitch, seven-inning no-hitter.

“I knew I had no hits, but it wasn’t on my mind until the seventh inning with two outs,” Bello said through interpreter and teammate Oddanier Mosqueda. “When I realized it, I was focused on attacking the hitter more than the other guys.”

The Red Sox No. 5 prospect fired 55 pitches for strikes and finished with an unearned run, three walks and five strikeouts.

After walking Vito Friscia to begin the game, Bello retired the next nine batters in order, including back-to-back strikeouts after the walk.

Bello issued his second free pass to Josh Ockimey to lead off the fourth, and a fielding error by left fielder Pedro Castellanos put men on first and second with one out. A throwing error by second baseman Christian Koss brought home the equalizing run, but Bello struck out Jack Conley to escape the jam.

The Sea Dogs got the lead back in the bottom of the frame on a two-run homer by Hudson Potts, and it was smooth sailing from there. Bello retired nine of the last 10 batters to close out the game.

The whole clubhouse was excited, Bello said, and even though there’s a game to look forward to tomorrow, he’s going to bask in his accomplishment for just a little bit.

“I’m going to enjoy it tonight, because I just threw a no-hitter,” he laughed.

The 22-year-old has held opposing batters to a .135 average and struck out 11 in 27 2/3 innings. His 1.95 ERA is the best mark of his career through his first five starts.

“I’m trying to work a little bit on my two-seam [fastball],” Bello said of his early success. “I’m just trying to be more focused every time.”

Brandon Walter allowed his first walk in five starts this year at the end of his Game 1 start, but the ninth-ranked Red Sox prospect struck out 10 while scattering three hits over six innings as Portland swept the doubleheader with a 5-1 win.

Stephanie Sheehan is an contributor for MiLB.com.