Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees combine to no-hit Detroit Tigers
Masahiro Tanaka, who pitched four perfect innings against Detroit last Saturday, baffled the Tigers once again, allowing only a pair of two-out walks in the first inning and striking out six over 4 1/3 frames. He now has pitched 13 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out 19.
Chasen Shreve came on after Tanaka fanned Alex Avila to open the fifth and retired both batters he faced, striking out one of them, and Jordan Montgomery finished out with four perfect frames, striking out two.
This marks the first Spring Training no-hitter for the Yankees since Ron Guidry (five innings) and Dale Murray (four innings) combined for one against the Pirates on March 14, 1983, and per MLB.com it's the first spring no-hitter in Lakeland since Ricky Nolasco and two Marlins relievers no-hit the Tigers in 2009.
Offensively, the Yankees had seven hits, four of them coming in their three-run fourth. Matt Holliday doubled to open the inning, Chase Headley drove him in with a one-out double, Rob Refsnyder plated Headley with a two-bagger of his own (and moved to third on an error), and Ronald Torreyes brought home Refsnyder with a single.
The Yankees also loaded the bases two other times in the game, but were unable to capitalize. In the first, a Jacoby Ellsbury single and walks to Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird filled the sacks but Headley struck out to minimize that threat, and in the sixth, Bird, Refsnyder, and Gleyber Torres drew walks but Brett Gardner struck out to end that inning.
Later, in the ninth, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade reached on back-to-back errors to put runners on second and third with no one out, but Edward Mujica got two ground balls to the drawn-in infield before getting Ji-Man Choi to line out to end the threat.
New York's other two hits (and baserunners) came in the seventh, when Wade doubled and Wilkin Castillo hit a blooper to left that dropped in for a hit, but the Tigers also escaped that inning unscathed.
With the win, the Yankees improve to 16-5 in Grapefruit League play and 17-5 on the spring overall. They will return home on Saturday for a 1:05 p.m. start against the Orioles, after which they will head east for a two-game set Sunday and Monday in West Palm Beach against the Astros and Nationals.