Sunday, July 30, 2017

Arauz tosses no-hitter for Clearwater

Harold Arauz, image- Jay Floyd
With just two outs remaining to wrap up a perfect game, Clearwater hurler Harold Arauz issued a walk to Ft. Myers third baseman Brandon Lopez.  Arauz would bounce back to retire the next two batters, wrapping up a no-hitter to lock down a 2-0 victory.


Earlier in the day, the Thresher lost game one of the double header by a score of 4-0.  In the minor leagues, games of double headers are slated as seven-inning contests. In his seven frames on Sunday, the 22-year-old Arauz was dominant, as he would strike out 10 Miracle batters in his third start of the season. 

The right-handed Panama native would see his record go to 4-2 with the Class A Advanced Threshers on the season.  The strong effort on Sunday saw his ERA with Clearwater drop to 2.03. 

Arauz, a six-foot-two 185-pounder opened the season with Class A Lakewood where he posted a 1-2 record with a 1.99 ERA in eight relief appearances. He also appeared in one game this season for Reading in late June.

Primarily a reliever this year, Arauz started all 22 of his appearances in the organization last year.  He was acquired from Houston as part of the Kenny Giles trade in 2015. 

The Threshers are 19-18 in the second half.  They sit in third place, six games behind the Tampa Yankees for the top spot in the Florida State League North division.

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