(Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Threshers)
After his last outing – 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – there was no reason to look for Harold Arauz to throw a game like he did against Fort Myers on Sunday. The 22-year old tossed a seven inning no-hitter for Clearwater in the Threshers 2-0 win forcing a double-header split between the two teams.
Arauz, who came to the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade, reached a career-high in strikeouts with 10 in the game. He also walked just one batter, retiring 21 of the 22 hitters that he faced. Arauz also survived taking a groundball off his leg in the fifth inning, while Arauz was pitching a perfect game. It wouldn’t be until there was one out in the seventh that Arauz would surrender a walk to Brandon Lopez to take away the perfect game, but the right-hander rebounded to get the final two outs and preserve his no-hit outing.
The last no-hitter for Clearwater was a combination no-hitter against St. Lucie on July 10th of last season. In that game, Drew Anderson, Will Morris and Victor Arano combined on a no-hitter in a 4-0 Threshers win. The last individual no-hitter was a seven inning perfect game thrown by Andrew Carpenter in August of 2007.
On the season, Arauz is 4-2, 2.03 with Clearwater in 16 games, only three of which have been starts. Arauz has also spent time with Lakewood (eight relief appearances) and Reading (one relief appearance) this season and has a combined mark of 5-4 with a 1.95 ERA. Arauz made his first start of the season on July 4th at Daytona and threw six shutout innings. After four relief appearances, Arauz made his ill-fated start against Daytona on July 25th and followed that up with his no-hitter.