He saw his brother throw one in high school, and now he has done the feat himself. In the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Brandon Moore threw a complete game no-hitter against the Aberdeen Ironbirds in the 5-0 win. The game had been shortened to seven innings due to the rain out the day before, but nonetheless it was the first no-hitter ever thrown for the Cyclones.
“I didn’t even realize I had it until the sixth [inning], just because I was battling the heat,” said Moore after the game, “but I immediately got my mind off it, because bad things happen when you think about it.”
The right-hander finished the outing with six strikeouts and three walks. With the win, Moore improved to 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 11 starts. This was the seventh time he had gone at least seven innings. The 23-year-old, is in his second professional season and in his second year with the Cyclones. He was the Mets' 14th round pick (434th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Indiana Wesleyan University.
Moore said that he was worried about his fastball command during the game, but his slider was very effective against Aberdeen.
“That was the one pitch that kept me out of trouble a lot; when I couldn’t throw a fastball for a strike I used my slider, and I was pretty confident that I could throw a slider for a strike at any point in the game, so it really helped out.”
Brooklyn had a 2-0 lead after six innings and put together three runs in the seventh to give them a strong cushion. The worst trouble Moore had all game was in the bottom of the 2nd, where Aberdeen had a runner on second with two out, but he struck out Garabez Rosa for his third strikeout of the inning.
One thing that can get lost in the no-no is Nick Haughian coming up just two outs short of a complete game himself. He gave up two runs in 6.1 innings of work, giving up six hits, striking out three, but walking two. Needless to say, he took the hard luck loss and feel to 6-2 on the year.
The Cyclones would also win game two of the doubleheader, improving their record to 40-22 in the New York-Penn League, five games ahead of the Staten Island Yankees for first place in the McNamara division. The two losses for the Ironbirds dropped them to 25-36, eliminating them from the playoff race.