Jose Bautista of the Lynchburg Mets pitched a no-hitter in beating the Prince William Pirates, 6-0, in the first game of a Carolina League doubleheader at Prince William County Stadium in Woodbridge last night.
Dave Jensen and Tom Burns pitched a two-hit, 1-0, victory for Lynchburg in the second game.
Bautista (5-3) got all the support he needed on Andy Lawrence's two-run single in the first. He retired 21 of 22 batters in the seven-inning game. Only a walk to J.B. Moore in the fourth inning spoiled a perfect game. Moore also came close to a base hit in the first inning when Scott Little made a nice catch on his fly to right-center field.
Bautista had a 13-4 record and 3.13 ERA with Columbia of the Class A South Atlantic League last year.
Loser John Smiley (2-1) pitched the first six innings of the first game, allowing only three hits. Lynchburg's Ray Martinez started a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh when he threw his bat toward the mound after reliever Barry Jones threw a strike. Catcher Burk Goldthorn tackled Martinez. Jones, Goldthorn, Martinez and Lynchburg second baseman Steve Phillips were ejected.
In the second game, Little doubled Frank Moscat home from second base in the third inning for the only run. Burns (2-0) relieved Jensen in the fifth and did not give up a hit thereafter.