Chris Tillman pitched a no-hitter for the Norfolk Tides Wednesday night as the Tides won at Gwinnett 6-0.
The 22-year-old right-hander walked one and fanned six and threw 63 of his 105 pitches for strikes. It was Norfolk’s first nine-inning no-hitter since Dave Telgheder threw one on May 15, 1992 vs. Pawtucket.
Audio: Tides broadcaster Bob Socci calls the final out of Chris Tillman’s no-hitter
The only trouble Tillman ran into came in the fifth inning, as Brent Clevlan worked a leadoff walk but was retired one batter later on a ground ball double play off the bat of Mitch Jones. Joe Thurston then grounded a sharp ball that hit off the glove of first baseman Michael Aubrey for an error, but Tillman escaped any damage by striking out Wes Timmons to end the frame.
Tillman then retired each of the final 12 Braves he faced, the last of which was Matt Young, who grounded out to Robert Andino to cap off Tillman’s gem.
Audio: Chris Tillman discusses throwing a no-hitter at Triple-A Norfolk
Tillman entered this outing with a record of 1-3, 6.11 in four starts and had given up 24 hits over his first 17 2/3 innings. But tonight he pitched the Tides first no-hitter in 18 years.
The shutout and complete game were the first in Tillman’s career, and he set his career-high with nine innings pitched just one outing after he had set his previous career-high of eight innings pitched in a victory at Charlotte on April 23.
Tillman (2-2) lowered his ERA to 4.05 with the win.
Special thanks to Tides broadcaster Bob Socci for the audio for use by MASNsports.com.
Audio: Norfolk Tides pitching coach Mike Griffin gives his take on Chris Tillman’s no-hitter