It took three pitchers, 150 pitches and 15 strikeouts, but the Houston Astros combined for a no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, beating baseball’s top team, 3-0.
Cristian Javier kicked things off for Houston, dominating the Yankees for seven innings. He struck out 13 batters and his only flaws were a first-inning walk and a batter reaching first base on an error in the seventh inning. But with Javier at 115 pitches, manager Dusty Baker withdrew his choke in favor of right-hander Héctor Neris.
Neris and Ryan Pressly finished the job, tossing two more no-hitter innings while allowing two base runners to walk around. The scene was reminiscent of another combined no-hitter, when six Astros pitchers worked together not to hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. This game was also at Yankee Stadium, and it was the last no-hitter against the Yankees before Saturday. .
Saturday’s no-hitter was the third this season — the Mets had a combined no-hitter on April 29 and the Angels’ Reid Detmers threw one on May 10 — and it was only the seventh time the Yankees have not had failed in 120 seasons and more than 18,500 games.
The Astros’ combined brilliance squandered an important effort by Yankees staff ace Gerrit Cole, who allowed four hits and a run in seven innings, striking out eight.
Javier, 25, has started his third season well. With Saturday’s win, he improved to 5-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.73. Although he was unable to finish the no-hitter alone, he set career highs in pitches and strikeouts, while tying his career high in innings pitched. And thanks to his bullpen, he can claim partial credit from a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium.