August 15, 2022

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Astros combined throw no hitter against Yankees in the Bronx ranked 14th in Houston franchise history

Astros combined throw no hitter against Yankees in the Bronx ranked 14th in Houston franchise history

The Astros delivered a heavy blow against the New York Yankees, winning Game Three of the series, 3-0.

Starting his career on Saturday, Christian Javier has been given his first career start at Yankee Stadium — and in doing so, he will face the team with the best record in baseball, and his high-paying counterpart from Yankees — and former Astro — Gerrit Cole. Javier stepped up in a major way with the best start to his career.

In seven goalless rounds, Javier did not allow a hit. The Astros needed every bit of his work, too, as they took a 2-0 lead. They got a solo race at home from JJ Matijevic at the top of the seventh inning and Jose Altuve provided insurance with a solo blast in the eighth.

Reliever Hector Neris took charge of Javier in the eighth inning, looking to help complete a combined no-hitter game. Even though he walked twice, got Joey Gallo in a cautionary lane fly and Aaron Judge on a hard-hitting liner, initially brought down by the short hitter who recovered in time to come out in second, the hitter remained the same.

Anthony Rizzo, Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton were slated to play the Yankees in ninth, and Ryan Pressley was closer to the action. This is number 14 in the history of the Astros. The most recent was on September 1, 2019 when Justin Verlander pulled it off. The last no-punch came on August 3, 2019 from Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini, and Chris Devinsky.

Coincidentally, the last time the Yankees had no injury was also by the Astros and it was also a no-no. It was June 11, 2003 when Roy Oswalt left with a second injury and Peter Monroe, Kirk Sarlos, Brad Ledge, Octavio Dutell and Billy Wagner brought them home.

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Javier wasn’t perfect, letting go in the first half and then accidentally hitting Donaldson in the seventh. He had 13 hits, the highest in his career.

He made 115 throws. His previous high on the pitch was 93 and that was his last game. He might have been OK to stretch himself a bit past this mark, but once he goes up 15-20 throws, he’ll experience arm fatigue and look like he’s starting to lose some drive as late as day seven.

This outing matches his career high in roles as a start. He has previously gone seven rounds twice (most recently May 13 last season). He had a career high on the courts in one game 107, which happened on April 27 of last season.

Javier seems to be cheating the Yankees’ hitters in some way, whether it’s his release point or his better playing field than usual. He’s been making them swing and missing the pitches they’ve been hitting for most of the season. It was an impressive feat to watch them cut by four tailors in the area while also working the corners with such precision.

Javier is now 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season.

The Yankees came back on Thursday with a ninth four to win in knockout style, but otherwise, the Astros have pretty well dominated the entire series. They have won two out of three so far with the final coming up on Sunday.