It took three pitchers, 150 pitches and 15 strikeouts, however the Houston Astros combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, beating the very best team in baseball, 3-0.
Cristian Javier got things began for Houston, dominating the Yankees for seven innings. He struck out 13 batters and his only blemishes were a first-inning walk and a batter reaching first base on an error within the seventh. But with Javier at 115 pitches, Astros Manager Dusty Baker pulled his starter in favor of the right-hander Héctor Neris.
Neris and Ryan Pressly finished the job, tossing two more hit less innings while allowing two base runners on walks. The scene was paying homage to the last no-hitter to be thrown against the Yankees, wherein six Astros pitchers worked together to perform the feat on June 11, 2003. That game was also at Yankee Stadium.
“To do it in Latest York, it’s the very best feeling on the earth,” Pressly told reporters shortly after the sport.
The 2 combined no-hitters by the Astros — separated by barely greater than 19 years — are the one no-hitters against the Yankees since Hoyt Wilhelm threw one against them as a member of the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 20, 1958. Overall, the Yankees have been no-hit only seven times in 120 seasons despite having played greater than 18,500 games.
Saturday’s effort was the third no-hitter in the key leagues this season; previously, the Mets had three pitchers mix for one on April 29 and Reid Detmers of the Angels threw one by himself on May 10.
Javier, 25, is off to a powerful start in his third season. With Saturday’s win he improved to 5-3 and lowered his earned run average to 2.73. Despite not with the ability to finish the no-hitter on Saturday, he set profession highs in pitches and strikeouts, while tying his profession high in innings pitched.
The hassle clearly wore on him, though, as he was exhausted by the point the seventh inning was done.
“I feel really completely happy, really proud immediately for this moment that God has given me,” Javier told reporters through an interpreter.
Neris, 33, was the primary arm out of the bullpen and he allowed a pair of walks. But he finished his inning strong by getting Aaron Judge, a number one candidate for this 12 months’s A.L. Most Invaluable Player Award, to line out to short.
Pressly, 33, who had allowed a tying three-run homer to Aaron Hicks in a 7-6 loss on Thursday, was electric within the ninth. He struck out the primary two batters he faced — Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson — and got Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to 3rd to finish the sport.
Facing Gerrit Cole, who was nearly as dominant as Javier, Houston didn’t rating until the seventh inning, when J.J. Matijevic, a rookie first baseman, hit his second big league home run. Jose Altuve homered within the eighth against Michael King, and Yuli Gurriel, who entered the sport as a pinch-hitter for Matijevic, added a run-scoring single off Lucas Luetge within the ninth.
In consequence, Cole ended up taking the loss despite allowing only 4 hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out eight.