Tampa Trio Combine for No-No

Opponents are now hitting .115 against Whelan

The Tampa Yankees shutout the Jupiter Hammerheads by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday, and in doing so, pitchers Kevin Whelan, David Robertson, and Joshua Schmidt accomplished the exciting no-hitter feat. It was Tampa's sixth win in its last eight games and maintained their tight lead in the West Division of the Florida State League.

Starter Kevin Whelan earned the win, pitching five innings and striking out four. He improved his record to 2-0 and was the catalyst for the historic night. The right-hander enjoyed watching the fun event unfold.

"It was great," he said. "Anytime you can do that, at any level, it's something special."

Whelan was quick to spread the praise around, appreciating the work of the pitchers who followed him in the game.

"I didn't do much, I just went out there and pitched," he said. "The back of the bullpen did a great job, especially in that game. It was a close game the whole time. They pitched strikes and got ahead of hitters."

Pitcher Josh Schmidt escaped trouble in the eighth when he walked the first two batters he faced. With the thoughts of the no-no seemingly on his mind, there was a conference on the mound with all the members of the infield taking part. Schmidt then got a groundout, a strikeout, and a fly out in succession to get out of the jam.

All the pressure was on Schmidt for the ninth, but the turbulent eight seemed to relax him as he dispatched the first two batters of the inning by strikeout. The last out was a ground ball right at him, which he handled easily.

The celebration on the field and in the stands weren't exactly rambunctious, but nonetheless a quiet appreciation for the rare event.

"It was definitely an awesome feeling," said Schmidt. "Pretty much everyone knows what's going on and then the last ball came to me so it was kind of scary, but we got the out. That's what counts."

The fact that the no-hitter was spread out among three different pitchers made the pressure a little different. It made the accomplishment maybe a little sweeter.

"I think the added pressure was just kind of spread out because now more people are involved, not just great plays by the defense," said Schmidt.

Whelan's mindset never wavered from concentrating on the job at hand. The thought of the no-hitter only came to him when he was out of the game.

"I don't think you really worry about it," he said. "You just go out there and worry about getting outs and pitching in that situation. You don't really think about it, especially in a tight ball game."

Among some of the offensive standouts were right fielder Jose Tabata and third baseman Marcos Vechionacci, each of whom had two hits apiece. Catcher Francisco Cervelli drove in two of Tampa's three runs with his single in the fourth inning.

But the night belonged to the pitchers. As exciting as the game may have been, the bigger picture is that it was another win for Tampa. For Schmidt, that's just as big a story.

"We're just trying to get the win too, stay in first place," he said. "You got a lead, you have to keep it."

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