Harmon loses no-hitter in 9th

2005-07-09T00:00:00Z Harmon loses no-hitter in 9thJIM NELSON, Courier Sports Writer Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
July 09, 2005 12:00 am  • 

WATERLOO - It wasn't much more than a weak flare.

However, it went as a hit in the boxscore. And that was enough to break Waterloo Bucks pitcher Rob Harmon's heart.

Danny Dressman's soft liner to right field broke up the Waterloo righthander's no-hit bid with one out in the ninth inning Friday in the Bucks' 9-1 victory over Madison at Riverfront Stadium. Randy Molina broke up his shutout bid with a two-out double to left-center.

Looking to join Bryan Tarajack (1998) as the only Bucks in the franchise's 11-year history to throw no-hitters, Harmon dominated the Mallards with a fastball that touched 94 miles per hour.

"We worked completely off the fastball," said catcher Shea Robin. "We mixed in a few off-speed pitches to keep them off-balance, but Rob just hit his spots. He had everything going for him tonight.

"It was fun hearing the batters cussing at themselves wondering how they were going to get the job done."

The victory was the Bucks' third straight, the longest win streak of the season, and kicked off the second half of the Northwoods League campaign in rousing fashion in front 1,343.

"Rob did an outstanding job for us tonight … phenomenal," said Waterloo manager Jason Shockey. "That is the best I've seen him throw."

Harmon (2-1), an Ohio University junior, finished with 10 strikeouts, walking two and hitting one batter in 132 pitches.

"I'm just happy to start off the second half with a win," said Harmon, who measures 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds. "I was just trying to go out there and get outs. As long as we won, it didn't matter to me what happened.

"I really wasn't paying much attention to the no-hitter."

Waterloo, which had scored 25 runs in its previous two games, was held scoreless by Mallards starter Mark Moriarty before exploding for five runs in the fifth as the Bucks batted around. Zach Daeges' grand slam was the big blow.

Anthony Gressick had his third consecutive multi-hit game with a 4-for-4 effort.

"I couldn't be happier for our guys," said Shockey. "We're starting to figure some things out, especially offensively. The last three games we've scored 13, 12 and nine again tonight."

There was one scary moment in the game when a 92-mph Harmon fastball hit Mallard cleanup hitter Kelly Sweppenhiser in the head in the sixth inning. Sweppenhiser suffered a broken nose and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

WORDEKEMPER SIGNS - Pitcher Eric Wordekemper of Creighton University signed with the New York Yankees following Thursday's victory over Alexandria.

Wordekemper, a right-hander, appeared in four games with the Bucks, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.31 ERA.

He was a 46th-round draft choice of the Yankees.

NEW BUCK - Recent high school graduate Mario Williams, a catcher from Tampa, Fla., has been added to Waterloo's roster.

Williams has signed to play at Lakeland Community College.

Williams was in uniform Friday and pinch hit for Daeges in the eighth inning, reaching base on an error.

Madison ab r h bi Waterloo ab r h bi

Dressman,cf 4 1 1 0 Kaskie,cf 4 1 1 1

Murphy,rf 3 0 0 0 Bertram,2b 4 1 1 1

Rohde,1b 2 0 0 0 Daeges,dh 3 2 1 4

Molina,1b 1 0 1 1 Williams,ph 1 0 0 0

Sweppenhiser,3b 2 0 0 0 Gressick,1b 4 1 4 2

vogl,lf 1 0 0 0 Colt,3b 4 0 0 0

Comadena,lf-2b 3 0 0 0 Rice,ss 4 0 1 0

Dury,dh 3 0 0 0 Odenreider,rf 3 0 1 1

Aguire,ss 3 0 0 0 Moll,lf 2 1 1 0

Trumm,c 3 0 0 0 Roundy,lf 1 0 0 0

Bond,2b-3b 3 0 0 0 Robin,c 3 1 2 0

Totals 28 1 2 1 Totals 33 9 12 9

Madison 000 000 001 - 1 2 2

Waterloo 000 051 11x - 9 12 0

E - Sweppenhiser (5), Bond (9). DP - Madison.LOB - Madison 3, Waterloo 8.

2B - Gressick 2 (10), Rice (1), Molina (5). HR - Daeges (2). SF - Odenreider. SB - Murphy (4). CS - Bertram (1), Murphy (2), Odenreider (2).

Pitching summary IP H R ER BB SO

Waterloo

Harmon (W, 2-1) 9.0 2 1 1 2 9

Madison

Moriarity (L,0-2) 4.2 4 4 4 2 1

Pokryfke 1.1 5 2 2 1 0

Hollenbeck 0.0 1 1 1 2 0

Gudex 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Dury 1.0 2 1 0 0 1

HBP - By Moriarity (Gressick), by Harmon (Sweppenhiser). WP - Hollenbeck, Dury.

Umpires - Corey Simpson (plate). Steve Patterson (bases). Att. 1,343. T - 2:43.

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