Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Jun 17, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 17, 2011 at 12:35 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Matt Moore, the Rays top pitching prospects, threw the first nine inning no-hitter Thursday night by a Rays minor leaguer since 2002.
The left-hander, rated by Baseball America as the Rays second-best pitching prospect heading into this season behind Jeremy Hellickson, allowed two walks and struck out 11 to lead Double A Montgomery to an 8-0 victory against Mobile. It was the first no-hitter in Biscuits history.
“Right after the last out, it felt like a flashback. Did that just happen? Am I dreaming? It was just an unbelievable feeling,” Moore told Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser.
The last Tampa Bay prospect to throw a nine inning no-hitter was Gerardo Garcia on May 22, 2002 while pitching for Double A Orlando.