Drabek, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Halladay trade in the off-season, threw a no-hitter on Sunday in a game between the Toronto-affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the New Britain Rock Cats.
Drabek struck out three batters and walked two, both in the fifth inning, while improving to 8-8 on the season. The 22-year-old threw 98 pitches and faced just 28 batters in pitching his first complete game of the season and first nine-inning no-hitter in Fisher Cats history.
“This is very special for me, something I will never forget,” Drabek told the New Hampshire Union Leader. “You keep looking at the scoreboard and keep seeing the zeros. I was as composed in the seventh and eighth inning as I was when I first started the game, but I got a little nervous in the ninth.”
It was the first win since May 31 for Drabek, the son of former National League Cy Young winning Doug Drabek.
New Hampshire won the game 5-0 in front of a crowd of 6,037 at Merchantsauto.com Stadium.
The Fisher Cats improved to 49-34 on the season, two and a half games out of first place in the East division of the Eastern League.