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Apr, 2017

MLB no-hit bid broken up by former PONY teammate

Fans across the world almost witnessed the first no-hitter of the 2017 Major League Baseball season Tuesday night when the Miami Marlins squared off against the Seattle Mariners. Like many other no-hit bids that have been so close, yet so far away, the Marlins came up two outs short. But if there was ever a silver lining in that moment, it was that the pitcher and hitter were former PONY teammates. 

Coming in to close the ninth inning after starter Wei-Yin Chen had pitched seven no-hit innings and set up man Brad Ziegler tossed a perfect eighth, former Santa Clara PONY player Kyle Barraclough retired the first batter he faced. Then, former Palomino teammate from their days with the Santa Clara Red Sox Mitch Haniger stepped to the plate to face Barraclough. On a 2-1 count, Haniger slashed a fastball into right-center field; thus, ending the combined no-hit bid for the Marlins. 

Watch the hit: HERE.

The two players' former PONY coach Chuck Blair caught up with the players after the game, along with another Santa Clara PONY alum, Evan Marshall (left), who also is a Mariner (Barraclough - center, Haniger - right).

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