“I had to breathe after the warm-ups and calm down a bit,” said the pitcher known as Klubot for his robot behavior.
Kluber went on to finish sixth without a hitting in the majors this season and second in two nights, leading the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday.
“It was a lot of fun, I think it was a special night,” Kluber said. “I have never been part of it, I have seen one, let alone have launched one.
There have been four non-hitters in 15 days. The six totals are the most numerous this season start.
Kluber came close to Charlie Culberson in the third inning to start a perfect match.
“I don’t overdo it with the assumptions. Obviously I would have liked not to walk with a guy four straight lengths, ”said Kluber. That being said, at this point in the game he’s still 0-0, so my thoughts after that walk were to try to get out of the round without allowing a run.
The 35-year-old right-hander threw his gem one night after Detroit player Tright Spencer Turnbull threw one against Seattle, marking the first straight hitting pitch since 1969, when Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney threw one on April 30 and Don Wilson May 1. There were two non-hitters on June 29, 1990, by Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Stewart of Oakland.
Kluber (4-2) struck out nine goals. Two-time AL award winner Cy Young threw 71 of 101 strikes in his ninth start for the Yankees, lowering his ERA to 2.86 and winning his fourth straight decision.
With his fastest launch at 92.5 mph, he mixed 31 curved balls, 27 cutters, 23 pellets, 18 shifts and two four-seam fast balls.
“I had butterflies in this ninth round, I’m getting a little emotional now, even just witnessing that it was really, really special,” said manager Aaron Boone. “And to see his teammates and everyone’s excitement for Corey and just the excitement for themselves to be a part of such a thing. What a performance. “
Kluber was pitching over that same mound when he was injured after an inning last season, tearing a muscle in his right shoulder on July 26 on his Texas debut. He insisted he hadn’t even thought of that until that game, when Robinson Chirinos, the former Rangers wide receiver now a member of the Yankees taxi team, said it was better than his previous start in the $ 1.2 billion stadium.
It was the second straight shortened season for Kluber, whose 2019 season ended on May 1 when he was punched in the forearm by a comeback. He left the Rangers as a free agent to sign a one-year, $ 11 million contract with the Yankees.
“We expected things like this to happen in our ballpark, unfortunately not against us,” said Texas manager Chris Woodward. “I can’t say enough good things about her. I’m not surprised at this guy’s success. I’ve seen this guy go through his routine and the work he does.
Right fielder Tyler Wade made a continuous catch of David Dahl’s flyball for the second out of the ninth inning ahead of Willie Calhoun’s late game against Gleyber Torres in the first game from the shortstop after being on the COVID-19 injured list. Wade entered the third inning after Ryan LaMarre suffered a hamstring injury.
Boone, whose father Bob caught Texas Angels pitcher Mike Witt in 1984, said he was nervous following Dahl’s strike, thinking it was going to fall out eventually. Then he noticed what a good jump Wade had gotten on the ball.
“I knew I was going to catch it,” Wade said. “I didn’t know if I was going to have to dive or catch him like I did. But I knew I was going to catch it.
Wade said he wasn’t sure because he was unable to hear the stick out of the ball with a screaming crowd of 31,689 – many of whom were Yankees fans.
Kluber said it was one of the few balls hit during the game that he said could fall for a hit.
“His closing speed was pretty impressive,” Kluber said.
It was the 12th without a hit in Yankees history, the 11th in the regular season and the first since David Cone’s perfect game against Montreal on July 18, 1999. It was New York’s first on the road since Allie. Reynolds in Cleveland on July 12. 1951.
It was the fifth scorer against the Rangers, who were also at home on April 9 when San Diego native Joe Musgrove pitched the first scorer in Padres history.
” It stinks. It’s baseball. No batter occurs. There have been a lot so far this year. Too bad for us that we were part of two of them, ”Culberson said. “It shows you how good these pitchers are, these teams and what they do.”
New York got its only points in the sixth inning when Kyle Higashioka took a lead and scored on a Wade triple. DJ LeMahieu followed with a fly sacrifice against Hyeon-Jong Yang (0-1).
This is around the time when Kluber really starts to think about a non-hitter.
“After that point we got a few points… it’s a little easier to beat the strike zone and know you have that running rack in your back pocket,” he said.
Prior to being injured in 2019, Kluber had won 20 games in 2018 and pitched at least 203 innings with 222 strikeouts each season from 2014 to 2018. He was the Cy Young winner in 2014 and 2017.
“Obviously, I wish this guy the best of luck,” said Woodward, “but I didn’t wish him so much success. “
The four non-hitters in May are the most in a month since June 1990. It is also the first time that three three teams have not been hit twice in a season, with the Rangers joining Cleveland and Seattle.
Considering the drama, even Amanda Kluber took a peek.
“She doesn’t really like watching,” the pitcher said of his wife, “but she turned it on in the last inning to see the end of it. “
Yankees: LaMarre grabbed his right hamstring just before getting to first base while running a ball to the ground. … OF Clint Frazier (neck problems) was out of the roster for the second game in a row. “I don’t know if it’s stiff or what, but we’re looking at all of this and what it might mean,” Boone said. … C Gary Sánchez, who left Tuesday night’s game with left hamstring cramps, was available to play. Boone said he always anticipated that Sánchez would not play Wednesday night before the daytime game for the series finale.
Rangers: 3B Brock Holt (right hamstring tension) played his second rehab game with Double-A Frisco. He has been absent since May 3.
The Yankees are 6-3 for their trip final. Domingo Germán (3-2, 3.62 ERA) throws for New York against Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning (2-3, 4.34) whose ninth start will be the biggest among AL rookies.
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