The New York Yankees dominated the 2022 MLB season. Armed with the best lineup in baseball, a dominant starting lineup and a terrifying bullpen, the Yankees went into Saturday’s game 52-19, the best record in baseball.
But on Saturday, the mighty Yankees met their match. The Houston Astros crushed the furious Yankees in dominating fashion, throwing a combination know-hitter against the Evil Empire.
Astros starter Christian Javier led the charge against the Yankees. Javier, who started the year in the bullpen, has stumped the Yankees at nearly every opportunity. Two runners reached base against Javier during his tag team run. Josh Donaldson went against Javier in the first and then made a throwing error in the seventh.
Otherwise, 25-year-old Javier was in complete control of the situation. He hit a career-high 13 Yankees in seven no-hit innings. The Yankees’ forwards looked insecure as they played against Javier throughout the game. Giancarlo Stanton epitomized the team’s struggles, winning all three matches against Javier. Despite seeing Javier several times, Stanton still landed ugly punches against Javier the third time they came face to face.
The only thing that prevented Javier from going the distance was his serve score. Javier was sitting on pitch 91 after the sixth inning and it would take him several fast innings to get to the ninth. The Yankees forced Javier to lead deep in the seventh inning, pushing him to the previous career high for most innings thrown in a game. Astros manager Dusty Baker showed faith in Javier by leaving him to complete the pitch.
This solution worked. It took 24 pitches, but Javier bowled out the side in his last inning of the job. Baker hugged him in the dugout, which meant that Javier’s day was over. He threw a career-high 115 innings, the best start to his young career.
Solo home runs from JJ Matievich and José Altuva led the Astros to a 2–0 lead as Javier was pulled.
Astros bullpen ends game no-hitter after Christian Javier is pulled
The Yankees showed signs of life immediately after Javier left the competition. Hector Nerys stepped in to replace Javier and immediately beat the first batter he faced. With Aaron Hicks in first place, Matt Carpenter flew far to the left. Nerys allowed another walk, putting Joey Gallo on the plate with a chance to put the Yankees ahead.
Gallo almost succeeded. He pulled the ball from deep into right field, the shallowest part of Yankee Stadium. The ball went down inches from the home run and landed in Kyle Tucker’s glove while the outfielder was in the warning lane.
Baker called on Ryan Pressley to stop the Yankees in the ninth round. Pressley entered the competition with a 10.61 ERA in nine games at Yankee Stadium. That fight didn’t affect Pressley on Saturday. He eliminated Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson to open ninth. This lifted Stanton, who landed third to provide a combined know-hitter. The Astros won the competition 3-0.
This performance marked the second time the Astros played the Yankees without a hitter. In 2003, Houston lost for the first time to New York without hits. This game was the last time the Yankees didn’t score before Saturday’s contest.