On Monday night, another New York Yankees starting pitcher came oh so close to throwing a no-hitter.
New York won the game over the Tampa Bay Rays by a final of 4-2, taking the opener of the three-game series.
But the story of the game was the man on the mound, Gerrit Cole.
Cole threw seven innings of no-hit ball before finally allowing a hit to Isaac Paredes to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning.
Yet another Yankees starter had knocked on the door of history but was not able to finish the job.
The YES Network tweeted a screenshot of a graphic shown on their postgame show of Yankees pitchers who have been close.
Yankees starters have been pitching 🔥 this season. Tonight was the fourth time a Yankees starter took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the second time for Gerrit Cole. #YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/NClg11Yp8E
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 21, 2022
Close To History
Cole himself has been very close to earning a no-hitter, even before last night.
He had gone 6.2 innings against the Detroit Tigers on June 3.
The Yankees’ starting staff is giving other teams’ offenses fits as they continue to knock on the door of history.
But to go as long as these guys did without allowing a hit is still an impressive accomplishment.
The fact that Cole has done it twice is quite insane too and shows just how dominant he can be.
This is why the Yankees brought him in prior to the 2020 season.
They brought him over to eat innings and be their big-game pitcher.
At a certain point, it has to happen, right?
Eventually this season, a Yankees starter will finally throw a no-hitter.
They’ve gotten so close, but it’s only a matter of time.