Lakewood hurler fires a no-hitter

Posted: April 13, 2001

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Keith Bucktrot pitched a no-hitter in the second game in the history of the Lakewood BlueClaws' franchise, beating the Hickory Crawdads, 11-1, in the South Atlantic League last night.

Earlier, the Phillies' newest minor-league affiliate won the completion of a suspended game, 3-2.

Bucktrot needed only 76 pitches to win the game, striking out nine without giving up a walk. The 6-foot-2 lefthander was the Phillies' third-round draft choice in June.

Bucktrot's battery mate, Carlos Ruiz, drove in four runs with a two-run single and a two-run triple.

Hickory scored its lone run in the seventh (and final) inning when BlueClaws leftfielder Melvin Anderson committed a three-base error on a fly ball hit by Aron Weston, who then scored on a groundout.

Trevor Bullock threw five shutout innings to win the earlier game in relief of Ryan Carter.

The game had been suspended by rain on Wednesday night.

The sweep improved the BlueClaws' record to 3-5. Hickory, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, fell to 2-6.

Reading 5, Altoona 1

ALTOONA, Pa. - Adam Walker struck out six batters in six innings to raise his record to 2-0 as the Phillies beat the Curve in the Eastern League.

Reading's Brian Harris had a two-run double in the four-run second inning, and Josue Perez added a two-run single.

Scranton 8, Syracuse 6

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Rob Ducey's ninth-inning home run sent the game into extra innings, and Doug Nickle got the win in relief as the Red Barons won the International League game in 15 innings.

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