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GCL Mets no-hit Nationals

Three pitchers combine on gem in 1-0 blanking
July 11, 2009
Salvador Aguilar made a memorable season debut for the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Rehabbing an elbow injury, Aguilar pitched the first inning and combined with Jhonathan Torres and Marcos Tabata on a no-hitter Saturday as the Mets edged the GCL Nationals, 1-0, in Viera, Fla.

Aguilar, who went 10-3 with a 3.14 ERA at Double-A Binghamton last year, had not pitched since July 20. But he coaxed groundouts from all three Nationals he faced before turning things over to Torres.

The 19-year-old left-hander, who won his first three starts this season, retired the first 13 batters he faced to keep the perfect game intact until Hendry Jimenez drew a one-out walk in the sixth.

Torres ended up walking three and striking out eight over six innings to lower his ERA to 0.82.

Tabata recorded the final six outs, fanning two, to record his second save.

The Mets scored the game's lone run in the seventh. With two outs, 18th-round Draft pick Cody Holliday reached on an infield hit and continued all the way to third on a throwing error by first baseman Brett Newsome. Wilfredo Tovar followed with an RBI triple.

The no-hitter was the second in the Gulf Coast League this season. On June 24, B.J. Hermsen, Dakota Watts and Jose Gonzalez of the Twins combined on a 5-0 blanking of the Orioles.

Daren Smith is an editor for