It was certainly a special day at Anaheim Stadium. The young season for the Halo’s received a bolt of energy as Clint Carpenter took the mound for what would be a historic game. The 24 year old tossed a no-hitter, against one of the hotter teams in the American League. After bouncing around between the minor and major leagues last season, this performance should certainly solidify his spot.
It was a rocky start to the game for Carpenter. He gave up deep fly balls to Junior Sierra, Jimmy Maxwell and Jonathan Garcia in the first two innings. He then settled in and relied heavily on defense in innings 3-6 as 11 consecutive batters put the ball in play, but failed to reach. After a 1, 2, 3 7th, he still had not only a no-hitter, but also a perfect game in tact.
Then came the 8th. It was clear that the young Carpenter was feeling the pressure of the situation as he walked not only the lead off hitter, but also the second batter of the 8th inning. Pitching coach Benji Relaford knew just what to say during the mound visit, as Carpenter then struck out 2 of the next 3 hitters, and escaped the inning with the no-no still alive. The 9th inning was much like the first 7. Clint owned the Louisville hitters forcing a ground out to short, and then striking out the next two batters to earn the no hitter.