New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ryan Pressly #55, Martin Maldonado #15, Hector Neris #50 of the Houston Astros and Cristian Javier #53 of the Houston Astros pose for a photo after pitching a combined no hitter against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Astros defeated the Yankees 3-0. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)


It was the game that nobody saw coming. But that is how these happen, no hitters come out of nowhere all the time. On Saturday Christian Javier, a 25-year old righty from the Dominican Republic, who came into the game with a 4.91 ERA for the month of June, pitched the game of his life against the New York Yankees.

He held the Yankees without a hit for seven innings, walking only one and striking out 13 batters. Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly followed suit, blanking the Yanks over the next two innings to secure a no-hitter against the best team in baseball.

It was the first time in 19-years that the Yankees had been no-hit. The last time came in 2003 against this same Houston Astros franchise. Back then, the Astros were still a National League team. Before that no-hitter in 2003, the last time the Yankees were no-hit was back in 1958.  The no-hitter on Saturday was also the 14th in Astros history.

The 15 combined strikeouts by Houston’s staff on Saturday tied for the third most in a no-hitter in baseball history, trailing Nolan Ryan who struck out 16 in 1991, the 2021 Brewers who combined for 16 Ks in a no-no; and 17 K’s, a feat both Ryan and Max Scherzer reached in their respective careers.

The only runs to come across on Saturday were solo home runs by J.J. Matijevic and Jose Altuve, and a RBI single by Yuli Gurriel.

If Yankees fans want to take any solace in losing a no-hitter to Houston, the last time it happened in 2003, the Yankees would eventually get to the World Series, where they lost to the Florida Marlins.