Hynick’s imperfect start, perfect ending
Warming up before Tuesday night’s game, Brandon Hynick was anything but perfect.
In fact, he located only two pitches during his entire pregame session prior to taking the mound, but that all changed less than two hours later when the Ohio native became the first pitcher in the Sky Sox 22-year history to throw a perfect game.
“It hasn’t sunk in,” said Hynick afterward. “It’ll probably hit me tomorrow and I’m just very thankful.”
Hynick improved his record to 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA in beating the Portland Beavers 2-0 in front of a near sellout crowd at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
“In the first inning I was up in the zone a lot,” he said, “so I knew I had to make an adjustment if I wanted to pitch well today. I made the adjustment and kept with it the rest of the game.”
Hynick made quick work of the Beavers – he threw just 88 pitches, 60 for strikes – and said that from the second inning on the key to his success was mixing up his pitch selection and keeping the ball down.
“Once I got the ball down I was getting ground balls,” Hynick said, “and the ones I did leave up they weren’t centering.”
His Sky Sox teammates also provided him with a great defensive effort.., who snagged a shot tailing away from the second basemen and threw to first for the second out of the final inning, saved what looked like a sure hit off the bat of Mike Baxter.
The no-hitter is the third in Sky Sox history, but the first recorded entirely by one pitcher. The previous two were combined efforts.
Selected by the Rockies in the 8th round of the 2006 June draft, this marks Hynick’s fourth year of professional baseball and was named Colorado’s Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2007.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said an obviously overjoyed Hynick, “on any level.”