New York Yankees Double-A affiliate Somerset Patriots made history on Sunday, August 8, as three pitchers combined to throw the first no-hitter in franchise history.
Yankees starting pitcher and two-time MLB All-Star Luis Severino provided the spark to the no-hitter, making his second appearance on a rehab assignment. Severino threw four perfect innings, striking out five.
Severino underwent Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow in March 2020, and faced a setback in his rehab when he suffered a groin injury last month.
“I think it was a big improvement from the last start,” Patriots Manager Julio Mosquera explained. “He set the tone for the day.“
"(He's) not far away from being ready to be back pitching in Yankee Stadium for us, it was just incredible,” Pitching Coach Daniel Moskos added. “The stuff was electric, he was locked in throwing the ball exactly where he needed to and where he wanted to."
Shawn Semple took over in relief and went four perfect innings, striking out five to earn the win.
“I was so locked in I wasn't even thinking about it,” Semple explained. “That’s something historic to be a part of with the Patriots… it was just electric.”
Ron Marinaccio came into the game in the ninth inning, and secured the no-hitter, the only blemish being a one-out walk.
The Patriots bats were alive early in the game, as they put up four runs in the third inning on RBI singles by Oswaldo Cabrera, Josh Breaux, and Dermis Garcia. Somerset’s power came out in the next inning as Frederick Cuevas launched a solo shot and Oswald Peraza later hit a two-run homer to give Somerset a 7-0 win.
First No-Hitter in Patriots History
The no-hitter is the first in the 24 year history of the Somerset Patriots, and came in the first season as a member of the Yankees organization.
“This is one of those things that's a whole team effort,” Moskos added. “It takes defense, it takes catchers, it takes more than one pitcher, and to see everyone come together and come out with a no-hitter is just incredible.”