Corbin Burnes, Devin Williams, Abner Uribe and Joel Payamps almost added an entry to the history books Sunday, coming within two outs of throwing the first 11-inning no-hitter MLB has ever seen.
Instead, the Brewers failed to complete the no-hitter against the New York Yankees on Sunday. Not only that, but Milwaukee actually lost the contest after no-hitting New York into the 11th.
This game seemed like it would be normal — even for a no-hitter — until the very late innings. Burnes allowed two walks, both in the fifth inning. He made a game-saving play in the bottom of the seventh, sliding on the ground to catch a high hopper hit by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and toss it to first base.
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To that point, there was no score. Burnes, who had been brilliant, ended the eighth inning past 100 pitches, so the Brewers sent Williams, their lights-out closer, out for the ninth. He sat down Jake Bauers, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge in order, including Judge's second strikeout of the day.
Then the game went to extra innings with no runs scored. Uribe took over for Williams, and he got into trouble after issuing a leadoff walk to Giancarlo Stanton. But the 10th inning ended with an absolutely incredible catch from Sal Frelick, who singlehandedly kept the no-hit bid going even after tumbling over Joey Wiemer in the outfield.
With big Joey Wiemer bearing down on him at the wall, Sal Frelick made the play of the year to push this game -- and the Brewers' bid for a no-hitter -- to the 11th inning. Sweet sassy molassy. pic.twitter.com/XXSHMFQrZs
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The Brewers managed to score a run in the top of the 11th inning, meaning they just needed to keep the Yankees off the board secure the win.
Payamps entered in the bottom of the 11th and gave up the first Yankees hit of the game when Oswaldo Cabrera hit a ball to the far edge of right field. It marked the first time since 1965 that a team lost a no-hitter in the 11th inning.
Due to the rule that places a man on second base at the start of every extra inning, the Brewers also lost the shutout — just a half-inning after they finally scored the first run of the day. The Yankees couldn't add any more runs, and the game went to the 12th.
The Brewers managed two runs in the 12th inning on a double by Wiemer and a sacrifice fly by Andruw Monasterio. Milwaukee couldn't hold that lead, either. Stanton hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to tie the game 3-3.
After failing to score in the top of the 13th, the Brewers couldn't keep the Yankees off the board in the bottom of the frame. Hoby Milner gave up a double to Kyle Higashioka with one out in the bottom of the 13th to give the Yankees a 4-3 win.