(WNFL) - The only pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers is still making his presence felt in the big leagues. Juan Nieves (nee-yay'-vess) became the pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox last winter. His efforts are paying off right away, as the Red Sox are up one-game-to-none in the World Series following an 8-to-1 home victory over Saint Louis last night. Boston manager John Farrell brought in Nieves last winter to improve a pitching staff that had a five-point-one-nine E-R-A in 2012. That came down this year to three-point-seven-nine. Nieves and Farrell were teammates in a Puerto Rican winter league in 1986. That was one year before Nieves threw the Brewers' only no-hitter at Baltimore. He pitched only one more year for the Crew, before ending his career with a shoulder injury. Nieves later spent 14 years in the Chicago White Sox organization in various coaching roles before Farrell hired him a year ago. Jon Lester, last night's Game-One winner, said it's been a seamless transition -- and Nieves has fit in well. Lester struck out eight in seven-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just five hits to the Cardinals. Game-Two in the Fall Classic is set for tonight in Boston. Meanwhile, Nieves says he's surprised that no Brewer ever threw a no-hitter after he did 26 years ago. He says he'd love to see it happen again -- and at home for the first time.
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