Reds prospects combine for seven-inning no-hitter

Three pitchers put together second no-hitter in Blue Wahoos' history

May 21st, 2016
Jackson Stephens fired five hitless frames before handing things off to the Pensacola bullpen. Brian McLeod /

After being shut out by Jacksonville in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday, Double-A Pensacola bounced back in the nightcap as three pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter in 6-0 win over the Suns. It was the Blue Wahoos' second no-hitter in team history and first since 2012.

Jackson Stephens (3-3) paced Pensacola on the mound as he walked two batters and struck out a pair over five solid innings, throwing 50 of his 82 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old righty owns a 3.74 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings this season, and he's logged at least five innings in seven of his eight starts.

Right-hander Matt Magill replaced Stephens and promptly struck out the side, while Carlos Gonzalez sealed the no-hitter for Pensacola with a perfect seventh inning.

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The Blue Wahoos were led offensively by No. 8 prospect Alex Blandino, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base, while center fielder and leadoff man Bryson Smith tripled, scored twice and drove in two runs as part of a 1-for-4 performance.

With the win, Pensacola (25-17) moved into a tie with Biloxi (24-16) atop the Southern League South standings.