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Salem Avalanche No-Hit

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The Astros' Fast-A affiliate Salem were no-hit in a noon start Wednesday by their Carolina League opponent Frederick Keys.

A pitcher for the Keys by the name of Radhammes Liz struck out 13 Avs in only five innings while walking three, and three relievers finished up for Frederick.

Drew Sutton and Matt Cunningham "led" Salem with two walks apiece, while five different players for Salem struck out twice, including cleanup hitter Mario Garza and five-hole guy Francisco Caraballo. Jimmy Barthmaier only pitched four innings, but got tagged with his first loss anyway. Salem, who started 3 - 0, drops to 3 - 3.

The no-no comes on the heels of a 4 - 1 loss the Avalanche absorbed yesterday, also to Frederick, in which they managed only two hits.

The last pitcher in the Astros' organization to throw a complete game no-hitter was Brian Powell, who tossed one for AAA New Orleans on May 7, 2001. Of course, you had that ridiculous six pitcher affair at Yankee Stadium at the the major league level on June 11 of 2003.

You can find a box of the Keys game here, and a game log over there.