San Luis Obispo Blues pitchers Joe Hatasaki and Nolan Moody threw a combined no-hitter Friday in an 8-0 win over the visiting San Jose Seals — but not before tempers flared.
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning at SLO Stadium, the Seals’ batter attempted a bunt on a one-strike count to break up the no-hitter for the Blues (15-10), who were credited with five defensive errors by the hometown scorekeeper.
Moody, who came on in relief with one out in the seventh inning, responded with two brushback pitches before registering the game-ending strikeout, Blues sports information director Dave Noakes said.
Moody and the batter continued to jaw back and forth while Moody walked toward the plate and both players had to be separated by umpires, Noakes said.
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The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader today beginning at 5:05 p.m.
Hatasaki struck out 10 through 61/3 innings to pick up his second win of the summer.
Blues second baseman Anthony Hernandez, who broke his throwing arm during the college season at UNLV and had a pin inserted into the limb, reaggravated the injury and was rushed to French Hospital Medical Center. X-rays were negative.
“Hopefully, that’s a good sign,” Noakes said.
No other information was available when The Tribune went to press.
Santa Barbara Foresters 7, SLO Rattlers 6
The Rattlers twice squandered bases-loaded one-out opportunities late in the game and came away with a one-run loss to go 0-2 in the Best of the West Tournament at UC Santa Barbara.
The Foresters (16-1) never trailed in the game, but the Rattlers (10-8) cut the deficit to one with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With one out in both the sixth and eighth innings, the Rattlers loaded the bases but couldn’t put one across, wasting solid relief outings by Brendon Moe and Kyle Tognazzini, who combined to pitch perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Starter Jacob Kaup, who pitched into the fifth inning, got the loss. At the plate, Quentin Cate batted 3 for 3 with an RBI and Bob Donnely batted 2 for 5 but reached base in every at-bat and scored three times.
The Rattlers play the Paso Robles Reds in their final game of the tournament today at 9a.m.
Also at the Best of the West, the Santa Maria Indians beat the Novato Knicks 10-4 to improve to 2-0 in pool play.