KARL CAGES BOO BIRDS, THROWS NO-HITTER

For Immediate Release
August 19, 2000

Philadelphia (AP) – Scott Karl…  Who? That’s what many of the fans exiting Saturday’s game with the East Erie Lake Storm were left wondering. Coming into the match up with the Philadelphia Boo Birds, Karl was 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA and appeared the weakest part of the Storm’s rotation. After his no-hitter, the league must be wondering if his season’s turned the corner.   “My stuff hasn’t been great this year. I was sent to the minors to work on my game. I was starting to doubt myself,” said Karl. “But my last start went OK, and I woke up feeling pretty tingly and excited this morning”.  The lefty gave up four walks in the game, but managed to strikeout eight. His record is now at 3-4, and his ERA dropped all the way to 4.08. East Erie Lake Interim manager Casey Hoch. was happy to see Karl make history. “To be honest, he’s probably the last guy on our team I would expect to no-hit somebody, but he had it working today. Scott’s a great guy to have around in the clubhouse, so I feel real proud of him,” said Hoch, “I told him that our new strategy is for him to do that every night now.”  “He just did everything he had to do today,” said Alex Gonzalez, who was fanned by Karl three times. “I never saw a no-hitter before, so this was special. But next time I want to be on the other side.”   The win propelled the Storm (72-56), who are in a fierce wild card race with Detroit, to a six game sweep of the Boo Birds. And Philadelphia (51-75), in the midst of a disappointing season, allowed its fans to witness a piece of baseball history.

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