The New York Yankees took a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning on Sunday before the Cleveland Indians’ Yonder Alonso led off the inning with a single to right off reliever Dellin Betances.
Yankees starter Domingo Germán (6) and Betances (1) combined for seven no-hit innings at Yankee Stadium before the hit, which led to a four-run Indians rally. The Yankees wound up scoring three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth for a walk-off win.
The game was a double no-hitter into the fifth inning, with both Germán and Indians’ starter Mike Clevinger holding their opponents hitless before New York’s Aaron Hicks led off the fifth with a single. Clevinger held onto his one-hitter through 7⅓ innings.
The New York Yankees’s last no-hitter was David Cone’s perfecto, 18 years, 9 months, 19 days ago on Sunday, July 18, 1999 at old Yankee Stadium. The Yankees topped the Montreal Expos 6-0. It was the latest of 11 no-hitters, all all by single pitchers: George Mogridge, “Sad” Sam Jones, Monte Pearson, Allie Reynolds (2), Don Larsen, Dave Righetti, Jim Abbott, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, David Wells and Cone.
The new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009, has yet to host a no-hitter.
The last no-hitter thrown against the Cleveland Indians was 6 years, 9 months, 10 days ago by the Los Angeles Angels’ Ervin Santana, on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, for a 3-1 win at Jacobs Field.
Other than the San Diego Padres, who have no no-hitters, the Cleveland Indians have the longest current no no-no streak, It has been 36 years, 11 months, 22 days since Len Barker no-hit the Blue Jays with a perfecto on Friday, May 15, 1981, at Cleveland Stadium.
Feature photo Yankee Stadium by Shinya Suzuki under license (CC BY 2.0).