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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Stanton HR ends Yanks’ 16 1/3-inning hitless slump vs. Astros

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Giancarlo Stanton scored a dismissal in the seventh inning against Jose Urquidi of Houston, ending the New York Yankees’ hitless drought in 16 1/3 innings and spoiling the Astros’ efforts to throw a second consecutive no-hitter. done. The Bronx.

A day after Cristian Xavier and two relievers didn’t hit baseball’s best team, Urquidy was close to history on Sunday. No team has been a no-hit in consecutive games, although the 1917 Chicago White Sox was no-hit by the St. Louis Browns on consecutive days. The second gem came in the second game of the double header.

Stanton pounded on the first-pitch fastball, crushing it into the net protecting Memorial Park behind the center field fence. It was Stanton’s third in a four-match series and his 17th homer this season.

The Yankees had not had a hit since the eighth inning of their 3-1 loss on Friday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 16 1/3-inning drought was the longest by any team since at least 1961.

Urquidy worked through the remaining seventh unheard. He scored three runs and scored three runs on 98 pitches. The right-hander set a career high with 104 pitches in his previous debut.

DJ Lemahieu came closest to a hit before Stanton, but he was robbed by shortstop Jeremy Pea, who returned from the injured list after missing time with a left thumb issue. Pea went deep into the hole for LeMahieu’s grounder and left a long throw to first base from in the fourth inning.

Urquidy allowed his first baserunner when Anthony Rizzo walked into the fourth with two outs. Stanton followed with a sharp lineout in right field.

Josh Donaldson advanced to fifth place, but Gleber Torres dropped out and Aaron Hicks was involved in a double play at the end of an innings.

Aaron Judge ripped a line drive toward the right-centre field gap with two outs in the sixth inning, but right fielder Kyle Tucker knocked it down.

Houston is looking to win a four-match series against the major league-leading Yankees. Apart from a nine-innings four-run rally in Thursday’s 7-6 win, the New York hitters were overwhelmed during the first three games. Kick off that inning, and New York entered for 87 (.080) on Sunday 7 against the Astros pitching.

New York have lost consecutive games for the first time since May 28-29. The Yankees entered Sunday with 361 runs, second only to the Mets in the Majors. His 52-20 record matches the fifth-best 72-game start in the Majors since 1930.

Astros manager Dusty Baker attributed Houston’s pitching dominance to frequent strike-throwers throughout this series. Of course, this is typical of Urquidy. He entered Sunday with 1.74 walks per nine innings.

Veteran catcher Martin Maldonado caught Saturday’s no-hitter and came back at the back of the plate on Sunday with temperatures nearing 90 degrees.

The Six Astros teamed for one at the old Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2003, in a no-hit to New York before Saturday.

The only previous teams to have hitless skids of 16 innings since 1961 are the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1973 Oakland Athletics. Baker was a player of those ’81 Dodgers.

There have been two other no-hitters this season, with five New York Mets pitchers achieving the feat on April 29 against Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Angels’ Reed Daters on May 10 against the Rays.

Driven by a leadoff homer from Jose Altuve of Nestor Cortés, the Astros took a 3-1 lead.

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