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Kirk throws no-hitter for Class A Peoria

Kirk throws no-hitter for Class A Peoria

Kirk throws no-hitter for Class A Peoria
Left-hander Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter Monday to lead Class A Peoria to a 2-0 win over Clinton.

Kirk, 21, went the distance for his first complete game, and Peoria's first one-pitcher, nine-inning no-no since Mike Aspray in 1988. Nick Struck also no-hit Clinton in a rain-shortened, five-inning game on April 30, 2010.

Kirk gave up a leadoff walk in the first and a leadoff walk in the sixth. The runner in the first inning was erased on a double play.

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A third-round pick in 2009, Kirk finished with a career-high 10 Ks. He got some help with solid defense, including a catch by Greg Rohan in the third and another by Matt Szczur in the fifth.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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