Originally created 08/20/00

Pitcher credits defense



Call it mother's intuition, but Reggie Glaser could sense that Friday night was destined to be a special one for her son, Eric.

"I knew it when he had eight strikeouts in the first five innings," she said. "You could tell he was pumped up (Friday)."

It also didn't take long for the 4,049 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium and his Augusta GreenJackets teammates to realize it was going to be a special night for Glaser.

The 22-year-old Glaser pitched the third no-hitter in franchise history Friday, a 3-0 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

"Sometimes, you see certain things happen over the course of a game like they did (Friday), and you start to realize that a no-hitter is going to happen," Jackets pitching coach Bob Kipper said. "There were a few nice plays defensively, and a lot of bad swings."

Kipper and several Jackets pointed to Luis Garcia's lunging catch of a line drive by Hagerstown's Jose Umbria leading off the sixth as the turning point.

"Once Luis made that play, I think everyone started to think it was going to happen," Kipper said.

"There were a couple of nice plays behind me, including the two by Luis and the catch by Lew (Ford) in center," Glaser said. "A lot of things went my way."

The 6-foot-6 right-hander also made his own breaks.

"What he did was mix his pitches well, and he was not predictable at all," Kipper said. "He threw three pitches over the plate whenever he wanted to, and he threw his fastball down in the zone with very good command. Put aside the no-hitter and he did some very good things."

While pitching a no-hitter should only enhance Glaser's stock, the Red Sox already were impressed by what their 1997 second-round draft pick has accomplished in his fourth pro season.

In 29 appearances this season, including 13 starts, Glaser is 8-6 with a 3.74 ERA.

"This should be a confidence booster for him, no question about that," Red Sox minor league pitching coordinator Ralph Treuel said. "He's done a great job the last two years pitching between (short-season) Lowell and Augusta.

"He's been in the rotation, has pitched out of the bullpen and has been a spot starter, and has done a heck of a job pitching in a lot of different roles. You've got to be impressed by what he's done."

"It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," Kipper said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do this year, and has always done it with a smile. He just loves to play the game."

JACKETS TODAY

Vs.: Asheville Tourists (Rockies)

Where: Lake Olmstead Stadium

When: 2:30 p.m.

Probable starters: Asheville -- RHP Chris Dohmann (0-3, 6.50 ERA); Augusta -- RHP Anastacio Martinez (8-6, 5.05). Tickets: $7, $6, $5, SeniorsChildren 4-12, Military $4.

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