In his debut with the Frederick Keys tonight, lefty pitcher Nate Moreau made quite an impression. He pitched the sixth no-hitter in Keys history as Frederick won 7-0 at Salem.
Here is the story from the Keys press release:
Last night he was a Delmarva Shorebird awaiting a start against the West Virginia Power. A night later Keys LHP Nathan Moreau had stunned the Salem Red Sox, being mobbed atop the hill in his league debut after throwing the first nine-inning complete game no-hitter for Frederick since John Maine did it on July 3, 2003. It was the sixth no-hitter in Keys history as the Keys won 7-0.
Asserting himself with efficient low-90’s fastballs early in the count, Moreau never was rattled. He enticed fly ball outs throughout the night, ten of which to RF Ronnie Welty. Twice left-fielder Kyle Hudson leapt at the wall to make a grab. Even center-fielder Xavier Avery got into the act with an outstanding running grab to close the eighth inning.
It all came to a head in the last of the ninth with the Keys firmly in control at 7-0. Moreau struck out the leadoff hitter Jon Hee, enticed a weak fly ball out from Mitch Dening and then struck out Alex Hassan with a 2-2 fastball to wrap up the no-hitter. Moreau faced two over the minimum and did not walk a batter.
Audio: Adam Pohl of the Frederick Keys Radio Network calls the last out of Nathan Moreau’s no-hitter
The last two Keys no-hitters have occurred against Salem. In 2008, Brandon Erbe and two others no-hit Salem on August 5th at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick did not score until the fifth inning. The Keys SS Bobby Steven doubled with one-out to start the rally. Stevens scored three runs, registering two extra base hits on the night.
Atop 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Keys added two runs as 3B Billy Rowell led off the two-run rally with a double. Rowell had a big night with two hits, both doubles.
The Keys blew the game open with four runs on six hits in the eighth inning.
Here are some post-game quotes from Moreau:
“It’s awesome. I’ve never thrown a complete game before. To throw one that is a no-hitter, that just tops it off. It’s an incredible feeling right now.
“Before I went out there (for the ninth) I had goosebumps. The key was just get that first out. It’s hard to explain, you know the situation at hand. The whole game the guys made great plays in the outfield.
“(Kyle) Hudson made great plays, those balls were ripped. The two balls that (Xavier) Avery caught late in the game, being able to track those down, those were impressive plays. When he made those catches I said ‘all right, I’ve got a shot here.’”
Moreau didn’t find out he was heading to join Frederick until before Delmarva’s game at West Virginia on Tuesday.
Then he had to travel from there to join the Keys in Salem, Virginia and then, after taking two flights to get there took the mound and pitched a no-hitter.
“I caught a morning flight out of Charleston. I actually had to go north to come south. Went up to Dulles and came down to this airport here in Salem. Short flights, but a busy day leading up to my start. Not much down time today.”
Then he got a brief scouting report on the Salem team before game time.
“They told me they were a very good hitting lineup that like fastballs. If you leave them up, they’ll get hit. I left a few up but got away with them. Later in the game I tried to mix in more off-speed stuff. Ward called a great game and that was key.”