Corey Kluber finally threw a no-no at Globe Life Field! For the New York Yankees, that is…
For the second time this season, the Texas Rangers were no-hit by their competition and no-hit at home.
That’s right, the same Corey Kluber whom the Rangers acquired from the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2020 season in exchange for electric reliever Emmanuel Clase and fan favorite outfielder Delino Deshields arrived back in his (brief) old stomping grounds with the New York Yankees and looked like the pitcher Texas could only dream of having traded for.
Corey Kluber tossed the second no-hitter against the Texas Rangers in 2021.
Boy, does that trade look even worse than it already had.
Texas Rangers fans will reluctantly remember that Kluber pitched in just one game for the team last season and lasted just one inning in that start before succumbing to shoulder issues. Now, a year later, Kluber remains tied as GLF’s all-time ERA leader (0.00), not having allowed a run in that stadium so far.
It just feels surreal, and not in a good way.
Of course, Rangers fans will also remember when the San Diego Padres came to town just a month ago and witnessed Joe Musgrove toss the first no-no in that franchise’s history in the same place and at around roughly the same time.
Deja vu, I guess.
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Texas also becomes the second team to be no-hit twice in 2021, joining the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners (the latter was no-hit the night before vs. Detroit, ironically) in an exclusive (but not necessarily elite) club.
On the season? That’s six no-hitters across MLB as pitching continues to soar and offense continues to be suppressed. The record is seven in one season and it appears we’re headed towards eclipsing that mark before the All-Star break.
In a silver lining from the game, Hyeon-jong Yang pitched well over 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out two batters. Unfortunately, those two runs proved to be pivotal in the game’s end result.
It’s even crazier to think that the Texas Rangers handed Yankees ace Gerrit Cole his worst start of the season thus far on Monday night with timely hitting and a solid performance from Jordan Lyles, yet they couldn’t buy a run or a hit against Corey Kluber of all pitchers.
Baseball, man. All you can do is tip your cap.
Corey Kluber’s final stat line from his historic night in Arlington: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 9 K.
Corey Kluber’s final stat line as a Ranger: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.
What a difference a year makes.