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G-Braves' Redmond tosses no-hitter

In early May, Todd Redmond seemed lost.

After a 2-1 start to the season, the Gwinnett Braves’ pitcher started to skid. It started with a four-inning loss at Durham. He picked up a win five days later and then failed to last more than three innings in his next two starts. He lost both and his ERA ballooned. After allowing four runs in his first three starts, Redmond gave up 18 over his next four.

Then things started to turn for the right hander. He gave up four runs in his next two starts, lasting five and six innings against Lehigh Valley and at Indianapolis.

He completed his turn Friday.

Redmond threw the first no-hitter in Gwinnett Braves history at Louisville in the G-Braves’ 4-0 win. He allowed just two base runners, both on walks, and struck out three.

The nine scoreless, hitless innings should help lower his 10.06 ERA in May.

The no-hitter is the first for the Class AAA Braves’ franchise since Charlie Puleo and Steve Ziem combined for one in 1989. It’s only the second individual no-hitter. Mickey Mahler threw the other one against Toledo in 1977.

Redmond’s no-hitter is the second of the year in the International League and it comes one month since Norfolk’s Chris Tillman no-hit the G-Braves on April 28. The last time the IL saw two no-hitters was 2006 and neither involved the triple-A Braves.

Redmond needed just 105 pitches over nine innings, throwing 66 for strikes. Both walks came in the sixth inning, but he faced just one over the minimum when catcher J.C. Boscan picked Corky Miller off second base. Former G-Brave Chris Burke drew the other walk and ended the game with a strike out.

The G-Braves’ bats didn’t give Redmond any support until the seventh inning. They finally chased Louisville starter Matt Maloney in the eighth. The lefty pitched 72⁄3 innings, giving up two runs. Luis Bolivar, who played part of last season with Louisville, knocked in the first run in the seventh and Mitch Jones, Wes Timmons and Barbaro Canizares all hit in runs in the eighth.