Adrian Sampson came within two outs of throwing a complete game no-hitter on Friday night for Altoona. It's not often a pitcher goes nine innings to begin with, and most minor league no-hitters involve multiple pitchers or a shortened game. All the details of the game can be found here, along with the history of recent Pirates no-hitters in the minors. Below are three clips from the ninth inning of Sampson's gem.

The first out of the ninth inning was a diving play at third base by Jarek Cunningham to preserve the no-hitter. He was the third player the Curve used at third base in the game due to some defensive switches earlier in the game.

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The next batter was Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of HOF'er Carl Yastrzemski. He was playing in just his...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.