The Astros and MLB fans were furious after Cristian Javier’s no-hitter was broken up
After seven innings of work against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker decided to remove Cristian Javier from the game.
The Houston Astros are playing in the Bronx for a four-game series against the New York Yankees. The Astros enjoyed a really exciting game on Saturday as they saw Cristian Javier pitch a masterpiece after the previous two games were split.
Javier had a no-hitter through seven innings, throwing 115 pitches while striking out 13 batters and walking only one. He did not, however, leave the game for the eighth inning. Even though the pitcher had thrown a lot of pitches, Astros fans and MLB fans in general didn’t like the decision at first.
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While removing a starter from a no-hitter is never a popular decision, the fact is that 115 pitches is a lot. Manager Dusty Baker made the decision to pull him, and it paid off big time.
Hector Neris came in to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. Despite walking two of the first three batters he faced, Neris was able to escape the inning by getting Joey Gallo to fly out and Aaron Judge out on a forceout.
Ryan Pressly was called to the mound for the bottom of the ninth. In his first two at-bats, he struck out Anthony Rizzo and Josh Donaldson before getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to complete the no-hitter.
To summarize, while some may have been disappointed that Javier was pulled after seven innings of his no-hitter, he was part of a combined no-hitter.