He allowed seven earned runs in two innings against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits against the Seattle Mariners in the following start.
On Wednesday, June 28, at the Coliseum in Oakland, Domingo Germán of the New York Yankees was perfect.
Germán faced the minimum number of A's in a bounce back start for the ages, revealing in his postgame interview that one of his uncles passed away two days prior, leaving him distraught in the clubhouse throughout Tuesday evening.
Just five days after he was booed off the mound in the Bronx, wondering where his promising season had run off to in a nightmarish week, he was completing the first no-hitter of any kind thrown against the A's franchise since all the way back in 1991.
100 cosmic dots in 100 universes hurtling at 100 speeds covered in 100 sticky substances had to align to result in the pitcher stuck in baseball's biggest rut throwing a spotless nine innings against a franchise that hadn't fallen victim to such aggression in 30+ years. Say hello to Las Vegas another day. Tonight belongs to Domingo Germán in Oakland. In 2020, he seemingly threatened to retire. In 2023, he added himself permanently to the record books.
Yankees Perfect Game History: Domingo Germán fourth to earn honor
Germán rather effortlessly finished off the A's on just 99 pitches, becoming the fourth Yankee to ever go 27 up, 27 down. David Cone followed David Wells, who followed his fellow San Diegan Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, a franchise-changing moment that had occurred 42 years prior. Mike Mussina almost joined the club at Fenway Park in 2001. Coincidentally, that's the same location where Germán's campaign had clattered to the turf in a tornado of misplays less than two weeks prior.
Oh, and the defense! The 2023 Yankees have been anything but fundamentally sound in the month of June. On Wednesday night, they, too, were perfect. Only Anthony Rizzo was really challenged, securing a hotshot grounder with a headlong dive in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton played right field in this game. Anthony Volpe's sure hands and arm strength were not a problem in this one. Josh Donaldson corralled the final worm burner with ease (why didn't Esteury Ruiz devilishly bunt?!).
Kyle Higashioka, Yankees backup catcher, caught his second no-hitter in two years after guiding Corey Kluber to victory in Dallas in 2021.
Forget Oakland's record. Forget the Yankees' doldrums. New York's bizarre season continued with the first perfect game since Felix Hernández's in 2012, a spotless contest that ranks right alongside Philip Humber's as the most improbable of all time. Add in Germán's recent disasters, and this one takes the cake.
And ... on top of everything ... who knew that the Yankees scoring 11 runs wouldn't be the most shocking part of Wednesday's win?