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With mom watching, Mariners prospect hurls no-no

Seattle's sixth-ranked prospect Victor Sanchez tossed a no-hitter for the Class A Clinton LumberKings on Wednesday night -- an extraordinary feat made even more special by the fact that his mother had just flown in from Venezuela to see it, reported.

The 18-year-old Sanchez threw all nine innings at Ashford University Field in Clinton, Iowa, striking out eight and allowing just a hit batter, as well as two errors, in the LumberKings' 1-0 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts. It was the 22nd no-no in Clinton history, but just the seventh by one pitcher lasting all nine innings.

"I'm not sure how to describe my emotions right now," Sanchez told through a translator. "I'm happy. My mother and wife were here to see me pitch, so I'm happy. When I saw [my mother], she reinforced that I was very good. Before the game, she told me that I could do it."

The last time Sanchez had seen his mother was at his grandmother's funeral a month prior. Understandably, he was filled with emotion Wednesday night.

"It was a tremendous performance," LumberKings pitching coach Andrew Lorraine told "His mom was in the stands, so it was an emotional performance."

Sanchez lowered his ERA to 2.83 on the season with a 2-4 record.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
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