Mets affiliate Columbia Fireflies toss combined no-no

Three Columbia Fireflies pitchers on Saturday combined to throw a no-hitter for the Mets’ Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.

Thomas McIlraith threw six no-hit innings, Alex Palsha followed with two no-hit innings and Johnny Magliozzi closed the door in the ninth to lead the Firelies to a 9-0 win over the Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees affiliate). Jose Garcia was behind the plate.

The relocated Savannah Sand Gnats were playing just their third game as the Columbia Fireflies to complete what took the New York Mets 50 years to accomplish. Until 2012, no major-league Mets pitcher ever threw a no-hitter, but pitchers wearing Mets uniforms have thrown plenty of no-hitters in the minors. Here’s the list:

AAA – International League

  • May 29, 2001 – Steve Trachsel, demoted to AAA after a bad 2001 start with the Mets, throws a seven-inning, complete-game no-hitter for the Norfolk Tides. The Tides beat the Ottawa Lynx 3-0 in the opener of an International League doubleheader.
  • May 15, 1992 – David Telgheder pitches a nine-inning no-hitter for the Tidewater Tides during a 1-0 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Telgheder struck out seven and walked three.
  • June 27, 1988 – The Tidewater Tides’ John Mitchell throws a seven-inning perfect game against the Indianapolis Indians. According to the Free-Lance Star, Mitchell struck out five during the 4-0 doubleheader opener for the first perfect game in the newly formed Triple A Alliance, which brought together the International League and the American Association.

AA – Eastern League

(Special thanks to former B-Mets play-by-play and current Astros play-by-play broadcaster Robert Ford for filling in some missing Binghamton no-hitters)

  • July 23, 2006 – Binghamton Mets pitcher Miguel Pinango throws a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against Portland. The Mets beat the Sea Dogs 7-0.
  • Aug. 2, 2003 – Binghamton Mets righthander Bob Keppel throws a 3-0 no-hitter against the Portland Sea Dogs, striking out one and walking three.
  • June 27, 2001 – Donne Wall (starting for Binghamton in a Major League rehab start), Jason Roach and Ivan Montane combine for a 1-0 no-hitter versus the New Britain Rock Cats.
  • May 5, 1996 – Binghamton Mets pitcher throws a seven-inning no-hitter versus Trenton. Mets 1, Thunder 0.
  • Sept. 12, 1994 – Binghamton Mets pitcher Bill Pulsipher tosses a no-hitter during Game 2 of the Eastern League Championship Series against the Harrisburg Senators. The Mets win 2-0.
    • Some extra details on this series from Rob: “The next day, Harrisburg took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth in Game 3 at Binghamton. Rey Ordonez then reached on a one-out single before Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a game-tying, two-run homer. Next up was Brian Jacobs, who hit a walk-off homer for the 5-4 win. Binghamton won Game 4 the following day, taking the EL Championship three games to one. Who was the Harrisburg pitcher who blew the save in Game 3? None other than Al Reyes, whom the Mets just signed to a Minor League deal and sent to Binghamton. Reyes was an EL All-Star closer in ’94, with a league-best 35 saves. Milwaukee chose him in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft that December.

A – New York Penn League

  • Aug. 23, 2009 – Brooklyn Cyclones pitcher Brandon Moore throws a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against Aberdeen IronBirds. Cyclones win 5-0.

A – Florida State League

  • The Mets’ Tug McGraw is said to have broken into professional baseball by pitching a no-hitter for the Mets’ minor league team in Cocoa, Fla., in 1964. I can’t find any details about this, but Ya Gotta Believe.
  • June 23, 2003 – St. Lucie Mets pitchers Ken Chenard (5 in) and Mike Cox (2 in) combined for a seven-inning no-hitter during the second game of a doubleheader against the Brevard County Manatees. The Mets won 5-0 and the team notched its third no-hitter of the season.
  • May 28, 2003 – St. Lucie Mets pitchers Tyler Yates (5 in) and Chad Elliott (2 in) combine for a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against the Palm Beach Cardinals. The Mets win 4-0.
  • May 9, 2003 – St. Lucie Mets pitchers Wayne Ough (7 in) and Mike Cox (2 in) combine for a nine-inning no-hitter against the Tampa Yankees. The Mets beat the Yanks 5-0 as Ough struck out eight.
  • June 10, 1996 – Southpaw Joe Atwater throws a no-hitter for the St. Lucie Mets during the second game of a doubleheader.
  • June 29, 1995 – St. Lucie Mets lefthander Rafael Rogue strikes out 12 while tossing a no-hitter against the Dunedin Blue Jays during a 6-1 victory. The lone run scored on a walk and two errors.

A – South Atlantic League

  • April 9, 2016 – The Columbia Fireflies’ Thomas McIlraith (6 innings), Alex Palsha (2 innings) and Johnny Magliozzi (1) combined for a nine-inning no-hitter against the Charleston Riverdogs. Columbia 9, Charleston 0.