The Yankees pulled off the most improbable of victories Sunday, spoiling a Brewers no-hit bid in the 11th inning and extending the game with a clutch Giancarlo Stanton home run in the 12th before finally securing a walk-off win an inning later.
Kyle Higoshioka’s RBI double in the 13th finished off the Yankees’ 4-3 win in the Bronx. It completed an instant-classic in which the Yankees were no-hit through 10 innings but kept on playing because the Brewers couldn’t score either.
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 11th, before the Yankees’ first base knock – an Oswaldo Cabrera RBI double – tied the game in the bottom of the frame. Stanton then erased the Brewers’ two-run rally in the top of the 12th with his two-run homer.
Brewers pitchers Corbin Burnes, Devin Williams and Abner Uribe held the Yankees hitless through 10 innings. Burnes – the 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner – did most of the heavy lifting, dominating through eight innings and only surrendering a pair of walks. But Burnes needed 109 pitches to get through the eighth, and with the game still scoreless going into the ninth, Brewers manager Craig Counsell lifted him for two-time All-Star closer Devin Williams.
Williams pitched a 1-2-3 ninth before giving way in the 10th to Abner Uribe, who nearly served up the Yankees’ first hit and run. With Aaron Judge on second base as the extra-innings automatic runner, Anthony Volpe smoked a Uribe offering toward the right-center gap. Brewers right fielder Sal Frelick robbed Volpe with a spectacular leaping grav and held onto the ball as he collided with fast-approaching center fielder Joey Wiemer.
Sunday’s no-hit bid by the Brewers came a little over a year after three Astros pitchers combined to hold the Yankees hitless in the Bronx in June 2022. Domingo German’s perfect game on June 28 against the A’s remains the only no-hitter involving the Yankees this season.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole traded zeroes with Burnes over seven shutout innings Sunday, surrendering only three hits while striking out nine. Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes and Tommy Kahnle also delivered scoreless frames.
Cole recorded his 200th strikeout of the season Sunday, marking the sixth time in his career and third time with the Yankees he’s achieved the milestone. He is the only Yankees pitcher in their 121-year history to deliver three seasons with at least 200 strikeouts.
The 33-year-old Cole is a favorite this season to win his first Cy Young Award. His 2.79 ERA leads the American League, as do his 187 innings. His 204 strikeouts and 13 wins both rank within the top three.
Cole – who is in the fourth season of a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees – has finished within the top five of Cy Young Award voting five times, including second place finishes in 2019 and 2021.
Up next for the Yankees is a four-game series in Boston beginning Monday.