BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit -- the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing.
Immediately after giving up the single, the crowd at McKechnie gave McDonald a standing ovation.
"I didn’t know until they started clapping. When they started clapping, I was like, ‘What happened? Oh. I had a no-hitter?’ You’re not thinking about that. I was thinking about getting the ball down and try of induce contact early," McDonald said.
The right-hander's goal for his fourth Grapefruit League start of the spring was six innings and 90 pitches. McDonald was so efficie...
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