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Going into their Saturday morning against the Astros, the Yankees had looked like a juggernaut that couldn’t be stopped, holding the best record in MLB.
But any day could be your time. And on this one — at Yankee Stadium — it was time for New York’s No. 1-ranked offense to go untouched. It was the Astros, led by RHP Christian Javier, who would shut out the Yankees in the hits column for the first time since 2003 and the second time in 64 years.
Javier threw 7.0 innings without a hit, just giving up the walk and racking up 13 punches. He was ripped off by manager Dusty Baker after 115 pitches. Relievers Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly finished the combined no-no at eighth and ninth, the 14th no-hitter in franchise history.
THE BENCHES ARE CLEAR AFTER MICHAEL KOPECH OF THE WHITE SOX NAILS JORGE MATEO OF THE ORIOLES WITH A 99 MPH FASTBALL
“I feel really happy, really proud right now for this moment that God gave me,” Javier said through an interpreter, per ESPN.
Silence from the Yankees’ bats spoiled ace Gerrit Cole’s effort, who was once again impressive on the mound. Cole went 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits and eight strikeouts.
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New York has only been hit four times since 1952 and there’s a silver lining for Yankees fans concerned about this rare event. The last three times the Yankees were untouched (’52, ’58, ’03), they won the World Series that season.
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The Astros have now defeated the Yankees on two straight nights in the Bronx, proving New York’s toughest hurdle to reaching the World Series for the first time since 2009.