Three Modesto Nuts pitchers combine to no-hit San Jose Giants

sports@modbee.comJune 24, 2013 

From left, Modesto Nuts pitchers Dan Winkler, Nelson Gonzalez and Scott Oberg combined to no-hit the San Jose Giants on Monday, June 24, 2013.

THE MODESTO BEE

— Three Modesto pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter as the Nuts defeated the San Jose Giants 2-0 on Monday night.

It’s the first no-hitter since the Modesto franchise became an affilliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Dan Winkler, Nelson Gonzalez and Scott Oberg combined to complete the feat, giving Modesto its fifth no-hitter in its history, the last coming in 1987 when they were the A’s.

Winkler (10-2) started and dominated, allowing three walks and striking out seven over seven innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.99.

Nelson Gonzalez worked a perfect eighth inning, setting up closer Scott Oberg with a chance to finish off the historic victory.

Oberg set the Giants down in order, getting Brock Bond to ground out to the pitcher’s mound for the final out.

The Nuts scored single runs in the third inning, on Ryan Casteel’s RBI double, and the sixth, on Harold Riggins’ 10th homer of the season.

The last Modesto no-hitter came in 1987, when Joe Law threw a nine-inning no-hitter against Stockton.

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