Vets marvel at Salazar

Reliever Vinnie Pestano had seen Danny Salazar pitch once before the Clippers defeated the Buffalo Bisons 8-0 last night in Huntington Park.

"I saw him in his start at Cleveland and I saw him tonight," said Pestano, who was optioned by the Indians to Columbus on Wednesday. "The kid is pretty impressive."

Pestano watched from the Tribe bullpen on July 11 when Salazar pitch five no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jay in his Major League debut. Toronto broke up the no-hitter in the sixth but Salazar still earned the win. Cleveland optioned him back to the Clippers the next day.

Last night, Salazar pitched five no-hit innings against Buffalo, the Blue Jays' triple-A team. He faced 16 batters, striking out eight and walking none. An error by first baseman Chun-Hsui Chen in the fourth inning prevented him from pitching five perfect innings.

The no-hitter lasted until two outs in the top of the ninth this time when Anthony Gose singled off Clay Rapada. Pestano pitched a 1-2-3 eighth in the game.

"We've got this guy throwing 96 to 99 (mph)," Pestano said. "It kind of makes all of usbetterbecause everybody's got togear up for that and we're throwing 90. You know what? Players talk. Guys talk. He's on the mound and he makes it look so easy. He's just spotting (the ball).

"Usually when a guy throws that hard, they're erractic. You've got to bring them back in. In certain situations where they're tryingto strike guys out, they get too amped up. They sort of lose the feel for it. This guy staysconsistent pumpingstrikes. It's been fun to watch."

Clippers manager Chris Tremie thought that Salazar had his best game of the season.

"He was down in the zone," Tremie said. "He had good angle on his fastball and good velocity. He threw some good secondary pitches. I don't think you can get any better than what we saw."

Salazar exited the game because the Indians have him on a strict innings and pitch limit in his first full season back from 2011 Tommy John surgery. He has appeared in 13 games for Columbus since his promotion from double-A Akron in May. He has 56 1/3 innings under his belt with 74 strikeouts against 14 walks with the Clippers.

Rapada, a 12-year veteran,was disappointed not to close out the no-hitter. He credited Salazar with giving the bullpen a shot.

"I think Salazar set the table," Rapada said. "He dominated. He put us relievers in a position to succeed. He's by far one of the best prospects I've ever seen."