In a historic feat in the Black and Blue Series, Alex Graulich tossed a complete game no hitter to clinch the 2016 Series for Team Blue. Since the inception of the series in 2005, no pitcher has come within 2 hits of tossing a no hitter in the B & B Series.
Coach Vick sent Tyler Elkins back to the mound for the start, hoping to rekindle some of his magic from his game 2 win. And if not for poor defense in the first, the 2 teams may still be playing, as Elk was nearly as dominant.
Team Blue struck for 2 unearned runs in the first on a 2 out, 2 run double by Zach Cable to put Blue up 2-0. At that point, Elk took things into his on hands and handcuffed the Blues the rest of the way.
However, none of that would matter as Alex Graulich through the game of his career. After a 1-2-3 first, he issued a lead off walk in the second that was eventually nullified on 2 groundouts and fly to right field to end the inning.
With Blue threatening again in the second, Elkins pitched around a leadoff double, to leave a runner stranded at third and keep the score 2-0.
Graulich once again allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in the third, this time via a HBP, but quickly picked him off and recorded a strikeout and pop up to head back to the dugout.
Elkins went into shutdown mode and did not allow a baserunner to advance past second base the rest of the way. Although, Blue had 3 singles in the 4th, one was erased by a caught stealing, and 2 groundouts to short ended the threat.
After a clean 1-2-3 4th inning, Graulich pitched around a one out walk in the 5th to keep zeroes lined up across the scoreboard.
It was at this point, that the realization of the no-hitter came into everyone’s mind. However, Graulich never flinched, sitting Team Black down in the 6th as well.
After recording 2 quick outs in the 7th, Coach Vick sent pitcher, Carson Hicks, to the plate as a pinch hitter, looking for him to launch one into the right field parking lot. Although that did not happen, he did reach via a walk. With one on and a full count, Graulich punched the final guy out to complete the no hit bid and clinch the series in a 2-0 win.
For his effort, Graulich was named Black and Blue Series MVP. As is always on the line, the winners eat steak and the losers eat hot dogs, as the team would have their Black and Blue Dinner at the farm of Tim Hudson for a day full of fun, fishing, and skeet shooting, while announcing the fall award winners.