On a night that everyone thought would be all about Victor Caratini making his first rehab start for the South Bend Cubs, he was upstaged by one of the most exciting moments in sports. Derek Casey and Peyton Remy combined for the second no-hitter in South Bend Cubs history on Monday night against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
It was Derek Casey’s first win of the 2019 season and it could not have gone any better. He recorded six strikeouts in his seven perfect innings on the mound before being pulled 76 pitches into his start. In his post-game interview with broadcaster Brendan King, he said it was “an honor” to work with Caratini, explaining that it was nice to be able to put his faith in the big leaguer behind the dish. Caratini, returning from a broken hamate bone, caught the first four innings of the game with Rafelin Lorenzo replacing him at catcher beginning in the 5th.
Casey’s masterful performance was then placed in the hands of Peyton Remy who gave up a hard hit ball to shortstop Andy Weber from the first batter he faced. The ball was bobbled by Weber before he fired a rocket to first baseman Tyler Durna. Unfortunately the throw was too late and the perfect game was gone due to the Weber error.
Clinging to the no-hitter, Remy wriggled his way through the end of the 8th inning followed by two strikeouts to start off the 9th inning. Down to their last out, Kernels right fielder Gabriel Maciel grounded a hard hit ball down the third base line, a ball that Cubs third baseman Chris Morel had to dive to snag. His throw to first base was offline and fortunately for Casey and Remy, ruled an error.
Remy was then able to finish off the incredible performance by getting the next batter to pop out to Morel for out number 27.
The no-no was the second in the team’s history and actually the second in the last two seasons. Last year, Rollie Lacy and Ben Hecht combined for the feat in June. Best of luck to Tuesday’s starter for South Bend as they follow a performance for the record books.
NO-HITTER INTERVIEW: #SBCubs broadcaster @BKingSports chats with Derek Casey and @peyton_remy immediately after their combined no-hitter against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. ? ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/d97wVzQr7W
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