Bears throw no-no, commit 6 errors


The Newark Bears made some history Wednesday -- both the good and the bad kind.

Ace right-hander Mike Ness threw the first no-hitter in the independent Can-Am League since 2008, striking out eight batters and walking just one in the Bears' 3-0 victory against the Quebec Capitales.

But it was far from easy.

The Bears committed six errors, forcing Ness to throw 123 pitches in the complete-game victory.

"He got it done," Newark manager Ken Oberkfell told the Bears' website. "When we made an error, he didn't let it affect him. He just went that much harder at the next guy. The only person that had an effect on was me, because it makes him throw more pitches and then you start worrying about getting that pitch count up there and you worry about his arm, but he pitched around (the errors). He's a true professional."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most errors in a major-league no-hitter are four, committed by the Philadelphia Phillies in Chick Fraser's no-no Sept. 18, 1903.

Newark's defense wasn't all bad. Second baseman Juan Martinez made two ranging plays on grounders to help preserve Ness's gem.

"It feels great, it's unbelievable," Ness told the team's website. "This is the best moment of my life."