Making his second career start at Globe Life Field, Kluber lasted a lot longer than his one inning outing as a member of the Texas Rangers last year. Kluber dominated the Rangers, striking out nine batters while only allowing Charlie Culberson to reach on a walk. The Corey Kluber no-hitter is the first for the Yankees since David Cone‘s perfect game during the 1999 season, and the 10th regular-season no-hitter in the team’s history.
Corey Kluber No-Hitter
The game started as a pitchers’ dual with Hyeon-John Yang matching Kluber early. The Yankees got the offense rolling in the sixth when Tyler Wade tripled home Kyle Higashioka. The next batter, DJ LeMahieu would hit a sac fly to make it 2-0. The second run turned out to be one more than Kluber needed.
Kluber joins Joe Musgrove, Carlos Rodon, John Means, Wade Miley and Spencer Turnball as the pitchers to throw a no-hitter during the 2021 season, which has been nicknamed the “Year of the Pitcher.” In fact, Turnball just accomplished the feet less than 24-hours ago.
Kluber, who has started to return to his dominant Cleveland form, has been part of the resurgant Yankees starting rotaion. Typically a weakness in the Bronx, the Yankees starters have combined to post one of the best ERAs in baseball. A performance like the one today will go a long way towards the continued strengthening of the Yankees starting rotation.
Meanwhile, the Yankees improved to 24-19 on the year and find themselves in the mix in the AL East standings. Currently, the team sits in a tie for third with Tampa Bay, but are only one game back behind the Red Sox.
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