New Orleans 6, Buffalo 0
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Scott Taylor did something Friday night that normally might have earned him a promotion to the major leagues.
Instead, he had to settle for what may be the most-noticed no-hitter in the minors in years.
Taylor pitched his first no-hitter in six years as a pro, leading the New Orleans Zephyrs over the Buffalo Bisons 6-0 in the American Association.
Taylor, 27, has spent his entire career in the minors. He previously pitched for the Seattle and Atlanta systems, and is now with Milwaukee’s Triple-A team.
The no-hitter was the first for the Zephyrs in their two years in New Orleans. But it won’t give Taylor a chance to move up to the majors because the players are on strike.
A crowd of 2,809 at Privateer Park saw Taylor (11-8) strike out six and walk three. He fanned Rich Aude on three pitches for the final out.
″I can’t believe it happened,″ Taylor said. ″I couldn’t believe it right up to the last batter. I was a little nervous and walked the first batter in the eighth inning. After that I just started concentrating on throwing strikes and that’s the key for me. It worked out tonight.″
The closest the Bisons, the top farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, came to a hit was with one out and runners on first and second in the fifth inning. William Suero hit a hard grounder and shortstop Mark Loretta dove to his right, grabbed the ball and threw to second from his knees, starting an inning-ending double play.
″That play by Loretta probably saved a hit,″ New Orleans manager Chris Bando said. ″Scott Taylor was excellent. He was very consistent the whole night, but in the ninth inning he was just dominant.″
Taylor started the ninth by getting Tim Leiper on a line drive to left. He then struck out Kevin Young and Aude. Taylor stopped to sign about 200 autographs before heading to the clubhouse.
New Orleans got Taylor all the scoring he would need in the first inning when Bo Dodson’s single drove home Leon Glenn, who had tripled.
The Zephyrs were then held scoreless by Mariana De Los Santos (1-3) until the seventh when Ozzie Canseco was hiDt by a pitch with the bases loaded. Canseco was hit on the left hand by the pitch and left the game, and the extent of his injury was not immediately known.