It took Joseph Wieland seven games with the Frisco RoughRiders to etch his name in history.
Wieland threw the fourth no-hitter in Frisco history and the first nine-inning no-hitter by a single pitcher, as the RoughRiders beat San Antonio 3-0 at Nelson Wolff Stadium.
“It’s awesome; I really don’t know what to think,” Wieland said in a post-game interview after moving to 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA with Frisco. “My emotions are still flowing right now.”
Martin Perez threw a no-hitter back in April in a game that only went five innings.
Wieland faced the minimum 27 batters for the game. The only Missions player to reach base was Andy Parrino’s walk in the fourth, and he was caught stealing second.
retiring 11 batters on ground balls, including seven straight between the first ad third innings. Only eight San Antonio hitters got the ball past the infield.
The closest San Antonio came to a hit was when Jedd Gyorko hit a shot to left field that looked to be a home run, but the wind kept it in enough for Bianucci to haul it in.
“I though it was gone off the bat” Wieland admitted. “Ninety-nine point nine-nine percent of the time that’s a home run… after that, it had to happen.”
Wieland had a lead before even taking the mound, as Renny Osuna hit a double to start the game and was eventually brought home by Tommy Mendonca.
Michael Bianucci’s 25th home run gave Frisco a 2-0 lead. The fifth was a repeat of the first, with Mendonca’s fly ball bringing home Osuna after a leadoff double.
There may not have been a better way to open the four-game series in San Antonio against a team the Riders have struggled against all year.