Clippers' Cloyd tosses no-hitter against Louisville

Triple-A hurler faces the minimum, nearly records perfect game in Columbus.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Tyler Cloyd takes part in the annual photo day at Goodyear Ballpark. 

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Corey Kluber was not the only member of the Cleveland Indians organization to have it working on the mound Wednesday night.

While Kluber tossed a three-hit shutout against the Mariners in Cleveland, Tyler Cloyd, a 27-year-old right-hander for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, pitched a no-hitter against the visiting Louisville Bats at Huntington Park.

Cloyd nearly recorded a perfect game, retiring the first 24 Bats he faced in order, but he hit second baseman Donnie Murphy with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning. Cloyd then coaxed a double-play grounder from Tucker Barnhart before getting Hernan Iribarren to line out to second base to finish off the seventh no-hitter in Clippers history and 78th nine-inning no-hitter in the long history of the International League.

Cloyd struck out six while walking none, and he got plenty of help from his offense as the Clippers banged out 12 hits en route to a 13-0 victory.

Jesus Aguilar was the biggest offensive star for Columbus, driving in four runs, while Audy Ciriaco added three RBIs and Carlos Moncrief and Giovanny Urshela had two apiece.

Cloyd improved to 9-5 on the season while lowering his ERA to 3.91. The last Clipper to pitch a no-hitter was Justin Germano, who twirled a perfect game at Syracuse July 26, 2011.

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