Wes Roemer nearly became the first BayBears pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter as he carried his bid into the eighth inning of the BayBears' 6-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Hank Aaron Stadium.
At one point, Roemer retired 14 consecutive hitters. That streak ended with a one-out walk to Cody Puckett in the seventh, but the no-hitter carried forward. Jose Castro started the eighth frame by getting hit by a pitch for the second time in the ballgame. He scored on a double off the right-field wall by former BayBear James Skelton, who laced a 2-2 pitch over the head of Marc Krauss.
"Skelton is actually one of my good buddies; we played on a traveling team together," Roemer told MiLB.com. "I'm never going to hear the end of it."
Skelton's double not only ended Roemer's no-hitter, but it also tied the game at 1-1. After Kyle Day lined out to deep right-center, Roemer was lifted in favor of Bryan Shaw (3-1), who fanned Quintin Berry swinging to end the frame.
In the bottom of the eighth, the BayBears (21-15) broke the tie with a five-run inning against reliever Lee Tabor (0-2). A.J. Pollock started the rally by shooting a double to the right-center field alley. He scored the go-ahead run on a bloop base hit by Ryan Wheeler.
After Marc Krauss walked to load the bases, Ed Easley cranked a double to right-center, unloading the bags to bring home Paul Goldschmidt, Wheeler, and Krauss. Easley touched the dish after a two-base hit by Jake Elmore to put the BayBears up by five.
Roemer also gave Easley a big portion of the credit for his performance on the mound.
"He called a heckuva game. I didn't shake him off all night," Roemer began. "It was more a team effort than anything; guys made some great plays behind me. My fastball was working well, I was able to locate it down. It was one of those nights where everything was working well."
- Roemer's 0.82 WHIP is the best in the Southern League
- Shaw's ERA improved to 0.92 after his four outs in the game
- This was Wheeler's fifth multi-hit performance in his last six games. He is batting .440 with two homers and nine RBI during that stretch.
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