August 19, 2006 - Oliver Perez took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, pitching the Tides past the Charlotte Knights 1-0 in front of 8,687 fans at Harbor Park Saturday night.
Perez (2-5) was outstanding in his fourth start with the Tides. The 25-year-old southpaw struck out 11 and walked just two in 7.0 innings of work, facing just three batters over the minimum. The only hit he allowed was a leadoff single to former Tide Jorge Velandia in the 7th inning.
Perez, who hit one batter and walked two, recorded at least one strikeout in each of his seven innings. He also struck out the side on 12 pitches in the 5th inning.
Virginia Beach native Tim LaVigne relieved Perez and pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his 12th save of the season. The shutout was Norfolk's ninth of the season.
Norfolk plated the only run of the contest in the third inning, as Anderson Hernandez led off the frame with a bunt single and proceeded to steal second base. After Charlotte starter Tim Redding (10-10) retired Ruben Gotay on a groundout, Jacob Cruz lined a single into right field to plate Hernandez and give the Tides a 1-0 lead.
The Tides and Charlotte will continue their four-game home-and-home series with a 6:15 contest Sunday night from Harbor Park. Brian Bannister (1-3, 5.71), who authored a 1-0 victory in his last outing on Tuesday night, is scheduled to take the hill for the Tides against Charlotte southpaw Stephen Randolph (9-6, 3.59).