It took three pitchers, 150 pitches and 15 strikeouts, but the Houston Astros combined for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, beating the best team in baseball, 3-0.
Cristian Javier (5-3, 2.73 ERA) dominated the Yankees for seven innings. He struck out a career-best 13 batters, and his only blemishes were a first-inning walk and a batter reaching first base on an error in the seventh. But with Javier at a career-high 115 pitches after seven innings, Astros manager Dusty Baker pulled his starter in favor of righthander Héctor Neris.
Neris and Ryan Pressly finished the job, tossing two more hitless innings while allowing two base runners on walks. The scene was reminiscent of the last no-hitter to be thrown against the Yankees, in which six Astros pitchers worked together to accomplish the feat June 11, 2003, also at Yankee Stadium.
“To do it in New York, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Pressly told reporters shortly after the game.
It was the third no-hitter in the major leagues this season. The New York Mets had three pitchers combine for one April 29, and Reid Detmers of the Los Angeles Angels threw one by himself May 10.
Facing Gerrit Cole, who was nearly as dominant as Javier, Houston did not score until the seventh inning, when rookie first baseman J.J. Matijevic hit his second big league home run. Jose Altuve homered in the eighth against Boston College product Michael King, and Yuli Gurriel, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Matijevic, added a run-scoring single off Lucas Luetge in the ninth.
Mark Appel, No. 1 pick back after quitting the game, reaches majors with Philadelphia
Mark Appel is a big league ballplayer nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall in the amateur draft, promoted by the Philadelphia Phillies after the righthander went 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
“Completely overwhelmed. I have so many thoughts I want to share but can’t find the words, so I’ll just say this: I’m thankful,” Appel, who turns 31 on July 15, posted on Twitter on Saturday. “Today, I get to play a game I love as a Major League Baseball player.”
Appel is stepping in for right-hander Connor Brogdon, who has been placed on the COVID-19-related injury list.
Appel was selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft after a standout college career at Stanford. He was an Astros fan growing up in West Houston and received a $6.35 million signing bonus from the team.
He went 10-3 with a 4.37 ERA while making a total of 25 starts at Double A and Triple A in 2015, and then was traded to Philadelphia in a multiplayer deal. But he announced in early 2018 that he was quitting the game, saying he was at peace with the decision.
Appel rejoined the Phillies organization before last season, and he went 3-6 with a 6.06 ERA in 23 appearances with Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley.
Seattle loses Ty France to elbow strain
Seattle will be without another key member of their offense for at least a couple weeks, but considering how bad the injury to first baseman Ty France looked, they consider themselves fortunate.
France was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow strain. He was involved in a collision with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse during the fifth inning of Thursday’s game at Oakland while taking the throw at the bag. France had an MRI on Friday that revealed a Grade 2 flexor strain.
“I heard that crack and the first thing I thought was a torn UCL, dislocated elbow or shoulder,” France said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. “You think about being out for the rest of the year and needing surgery. A lot of negativity popped into my mind, but the MRI revealed just a strain. It’s now about calming down the inflammation.”
France is seventh in the American League with a .316 batting average and is tied for the major-league lead with 25 multihit games. He also has 10 home runs and 45 RBIs and been hit by 14 pitches.
Adolis García does it again, walks off Washington in Texas
Adolis García drilled a 2-2 slider from reliever Kyle Finnegan (2-2) into Washington’s bullpen leading off leading off the bottom of the ninth, giving Texas a 3-2, walk-off victory over the Nationals. It was his 13th tying or go-ahead homer in the sixth inning or later since the start of 2021, the most in the majors in that span. It also tied high-priced shortstop Corey Seager for the team lead this season with 15 homers . . . Jorge Mateo homered and doubled to lead the Orioles over the White Sox, 6-2, in Chicago for Baltimore’s first four-game winning streak since 2020. Lance Lynn (1-1) retired eight straight batters before Mateo lifted a solo homer just over the left-center fence to put the O’s ahead in the third. Baltimore coughed up its advantage on two errors in the bottom of the inning, but Mateo struck back by belting his 10th double off the left field wall . . . Reigning NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes pitched into the eighth inning, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Brosseau homered, and Milwaukee beat Toronto, 5-4. Burnes (6-4) allowed home runs to Matt Chapman and Bo Bichette and an RBI groundout by Cavan Biggio, but struck out nine and turned over a 5-3 lead with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth to Devin Williams, who fanned Alejandro Kirk. Yusei Kikuchi (2-4) was chased by Brosseau’s home run leading off the third having allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits . . . Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pirates in St. Petersburg, Fla. Ji-Man Choi and Vidal Bruján reached on two-out walks before Jonathan Aranda’s pinch-hit single loaded the bases against David Bednar (3-2). Paredes then hit an opposite-field liner to right for his game-ending single. Paredes got the Rays, who are hopeful Wander Franco will return Sunday from the right quadriceps strain that has cost him 23 games, within one in the eighth with his team-leading 10th homer — all in his last 25 games. Ralph Garza Jr. (1-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win in Tampa Bay’s fourth straight one-run game. It also was a Rays-record 11th consecutive game decided by two or fewer runs. For Pittsburgh, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes missed his second consecutive game due to shoulder soreness . . . Pete Alonso hit two leadoff homers, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets won in Miami, 5-3. They were Alonso’s NL-leading 21st and 22nd homer of the season, and 14th multi-homer game of his career . . . Confirming initial fears, top Dodgers setup man Daniel Hudson was placed on the injured list with a season-ending tear of his left ACL he suffered in the eighth inning of LA’s victory in Atlanta on Friday. Hudson’s recovery is expected to take six to nine months; the righty, 35, has five saves and a 2.22 ERA.