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Bieber throws no-hitter for Clippers

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Shane Bieber has been tough to hit all season. On Friday night, he took that a step further and was truly unhittable as he fired the eighth no-hitter in Triple-A Columbus history.

Shane Bieber has been tough to hit all season. On Friday night, he took that a step further and was truly unhittable as he fired the eighth no-hitter in Triple-A Columbus history.

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The Indians' No. 8 prospect carved his way through seven innings as the Clippers topped Gwinnett, 7-0, in a rain-shortened game.

"I was kind of able to have [the rain] in the back of my head and it was just that much more important to get ahead early in the count," Bieber told MiLB.com. "Fortunately, I was able to do that and try and combat that weather by just getting ahead an being aggressive early. Things ended up panning out."

Bieber, a 22-year-old right-hander, retired the first seven batters he faced before an error interrupted his perfect game bid. After that baserunner was caught stealing, Bieber locked in again and retired 13 in a row to finish the outing.

Bieber fired 61 of his 80 pitches for strikes and struck out seven in what was just the latest in a string of strong starts.

After posting a 1.16 ERA through five starts with Double-A Akron, Bieber was promoted to Columbus, where it's been more of the same. He has a 1.05 ERA through five starts and hasn't given up a run since May 15 -- a span of 20 2/3 innings. Overall, Bieber has a 1.11 ERA and has amassed 61 strikeouts, while walking just three.

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Indians' No. 6 prospect Yu-Cheng Chang helped provide some of the Clippers' offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.