FINLEY THROWS NO-HITTER, BUT GIVES UP ONE

For Immediate Release
June 6, 2000

STAUNTON (AP) – Chuck Finley, was the first in the 2000 Mid-West Baseball League season to throw a No-Hitter. Finley did it in remarkable fashion.   Tony Phillips led off the game with a drag bunt down the first base line.   Jason Giambi , the first baseman for Staunton came in on the ball, and made a wild throw into right field.   By that time that right fielder Carl Everett got to the wild throw, Tony Phillips, was on 3rd base.   One batter later, after a Damian Easley Strikeout Juan Gonzalez stepped in, and hit a long fly ball to the track in left center, Dante Bichette got there, and made the grab, but had no play on the speed Phillips who crossed home plate with Pasadena only run.   Finley went on, and struck out eleven batters on the day, and only gave up a base on balls in the 5th to Jeff Blauser.   Finley did get the win, and improved his record to 3-4 on the year. Finley was quoted as saying  “Today was a good day for me, I had all the right stuff and the boys played great defense behind me, even the young tubby first baseman Giambi.   He knows I am just kidding with him, he played wonderful, and made some great scoops at first to help me along”.  Giambi was later quoted as saying “Yeah, one miscue, and your a goat, one great play, and your the hero.  Today, I am just the goat.”  Finley was looking forward to his next start, and will get the chance to do so in 4 days when the Cheap Seats take on the Midland Mud Hens on Saturday June 10th, 2000.

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