The Astros’ combined effort Saturday was the first no-hitter at new Yankee Stadium.
The Houston Astros combined for a no-hitter Saturday against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Behind seven strong innings from Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly followed with a one-two punch to secure the franchise’s 14th no-hitter.
Javier worked seven-scoreless innings to open the contest, punching out a career-high 13 batters on a career-high 114 pitches. The righty surrendered one walk which was checked by the first base umpire and ruled ball four on a Josh Donaldson swing that crossed the front of home plate.
Neris followed, yielding two walks — one also being ruled ball four on a pitch that caught all of the bottom of the zone. The righty stranded runners at the corners, before Pressly was tasked for the ninth inning.
Thursday’s losing pitcher, Pressly looked to redeem himself on the biggest stage of the season thus far. Fanning Anthony Rizzo and Donaldson, the right-hander induced a ground ball from power-hitter Giancarlo Stanton to secure the no-hitter.
Martin Maldonado has now caught two no-hitters — the other being a combined no-hitter during the 2019 season. In the last 10 days, the catcher has called a combined no-hitter and two immaculate innings.
The franchise’s 14th no-hitter is the first ever thrown at “new” Yankee Stadium. The last team to no-hit the Yankees were the 2003 Astros on June 11 of that year when manager Aaron Boone was on New York’s bench. The Astros are also the only club to no-hit the Yankees since 1958.
Beyond the mound, rookie J.J. Matijevic launched a 403-foot solo homer off Gerrit Cole that left the bat at 109.4 mph. With a pimp job and all, the lefty struck his second Major League hit while now having two homers on the season. He became the second Astro to slash home runs for his first two Major League hits — the first was Yordan Alvarez.
Jose Altuve continued his ownership of the Yankees with a late solo-shot of his own, before Yuli Gurriel drove in Kyle Tucker from third base on a Texas Leaguer to center field.
The Astros look to win the series at 12:35 p.m. Sunday at Yankee Stadium, before an off day Monday.