July 8, 2002
Vero Beach righthander Joel Hanrahan tossed his second no-hitter of the season yesterday in a rain-shortened 5-1 win against the Brevard County Manatees. The game was called because of rain after the top of the sixth inning.
Hanrahan hurled his first no-hitter against the Jupiter Hammerheads on April 21. That, too, was a day game. Hanrahan entered the game with a 5-3 record and 3.32 ERA.
In the first inning, Hanrahan walked Brandon Watson, who ended up scoring the lone Manatees run on a sacrifice fly by Rich Lane. The Dodgers supported Hanrahan, who made his 17th start of the season, with six hits. Rodney Van Buizen hit a home run in the third inning to score Reggie Abercrombie and Josh Canales.
Hanrahan becomes only the second Vero Beach Dodger to throw two no-hitters in one season. Sid Fernandez threw no-hitters on April 24, 1982 against Winter Haven and on June 8, 1982 against Fort Lauderdale. It is the 10th no-hitter in Vero Beach Dodgers’ history and the first six-inning no-hitter.