Tampa Bay Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson has had a good year when he has been on the mound in 2014. He held the Yankees hitless through 4.2 innings on Sunday before a Martin Prado double broke up the no hit bid.
He retired 11 straight Yankees at one point.
After the Prado double, things got dicey for Hellickson. Brett Gardner drove in Stephen Drew, who had walked earlier in the inning, and Prado. Since the Rays’ offense was only able to muster an RBI groundout in the first inning off of Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda, Hellickson is now in line for the loss.
The Yankees ended up plating three runs on four hits and a walk in the fifth inning to give them a 3-1 lead. This also spelled the end of the game for Hellickson, who labored for 98 pitches through five innings.
Kuroda has only given up two hits through five innings of work. Both of them were with one out in the first inning. Kuroda now heads to the sixth inning having retired 14 straight Rays since the first inning, though none have come via strikeout.
Matt Garza is the only pitcher in Rays franchise history to throw a no-hitter. He accomplished the feat on July 26, 2010 against the Detroit Tigers.
The Rays do seem to be a no-hitter magnet though. They hold the dubious distinction of being no-hit three times within a calendar year. They were no-hit by Edwin Jackson of the Diamondbacks on June 25, 1010. They were also the victims of two perfect games prior to Jackson’s no-hitter. Mark Beurhle of the White Sox threw a perfect game against the Rays on July 23, 2009. Dallas Braden was perfect against them on May 9, 2010.