Veteran pitcher Corey Kluber has won two Cy Young awards and has pitched in the World Series, but until Wednesday night he had never thrown a no-hitter in his 11-year career.
The New York Yankees right-hander can now check that box after holding the Texas Rangers without a hit in a 2-0 victory.
In the year of the no-no in Major League Baseball, Kluber became the second pitcher in as many nights — and sixth overall — to accomplish the feat.
“It was a lot of fun, I think it was a special night,” Kluber said. “I’ve never been part of one, witnessed one, let alone thrown one.”
The 35-year-old right-hander threw 101 pitches and struck out nine, allowing only one baserunner — a third-inning walk to Charlie Culberson.
“I don’t really do too much with what-ifs. Obviously I would’ve like to not walk a guy on four straight pitches,” Kluber said. “That being said, at that point in the game, it’s still 0-0, so my thoughts after that walk were try to get out of the inning without allowing a run.”
Kluber was a member of the Rangers last year, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in his first start and never pitched for them again.
The Yankees took a chance on him as a free agent, despite the health concerns. And their decision paid major dividends in his first start against his former teammates.
The Rangers also became the third team to be no-hit twice this season.
The record for most no-hitters in a single MLB season is seven.
Contributing: The Associated Press.