Yankees offense dazzles, German’s perfect game sinks A’s 11-0

Yankees starter Domingo German pitched a perfect game against the A's on June 28, 2023, at Oakland.
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New York Yankees 11, Oakland Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. — In an exceptional feat, Domingo German from the New York Yankees achieved a remarkable milestone on Wednesday night. He flawlessly executed the 24th perfect game in the annals of major league history, masterfully retiring each and every Oakland batter. This extraordinary display of skill led his team to a resounding 11-0 triumph over the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum.

After a considerable gap, a captivating moment unfolded as Domingo German accomplished a noteworthy feat. It marked the first perfect game since the Seattle Mariners’ pitching sensation, Félix Hernández, achieved this incredible milestone against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012. Although the 2012 season witnessed three perfect games, none had occurred until German’s remarkable performance, which secured the first no-hitter in the major leagues this year.

In joining the prestigious ranks of esteemed Yankees pitchers, Domingo Germán cemented his name alongside legendary figures such as Don Larsen (1956), David Wells (1998), and David Cone (1999), who have all achieved the remarkable feat of throwing perfect games. Notably, Larsen’s gem was unveiled during Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, leaving an indelible mark on baseball history as he outshined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Domingo Germán expressed his excitement through a translator, stating that it was truly exhilarating. He reflected on the rarity and uniqueness of pitching a perfect game in baseball, acknowledging that not many individuals have the opportunity to experience it. Germán emphasized that achieving such a milestone in his career would be etched in his memory for a lifetime.

Despite a rough patch in his recent starts, Germán (5-5) showcased a remarkable turnaround. He struck out nine of 27 batters faced, impressively displaying his pitching prowess. Notably, this outstanding performance came against the A’s, who currently hold the worst record in the majors.

Despite being a seasoned seven-year veteran at the age of 30, the right-handed pitcher had never before achieved a complete game in the major leagues. Notably, he faced a setback earlier in the season when he received a 10-game suspension for utilizing an illegal sticky substance on the mound, resulting in his ejection from a game in Toronto.

After enduring six consecutive winless encounters with Oakland, German defied the odds. In an impressive display of control, he successfully threw 72 out of 99 pitches for strikes. His pitching repertoire showcased a combination of 51 curveballs and 30 fastballs, maintaining an average velocity of 92.5 mph. Additionally, German incorporated 17 changeups and a solitary sinker to keep the opposition off balance throughout the game.

Amidst an electrifying atmosphere, with a crowd of 12,479 spectators rising to their feet in anticipation, Germán exhibited unwavering determination in the ninth inning, determined to complete what he had initiated. With precision, he induced Aledmys Díaz to ground out, followed by Shea Lanegeliers’ flyout to the short center field. As the tension escalated, Esteury Ruiz’s groundout to third baseman Josh Donaldson signaled the end, igniting a jubilant eruption. The Yankees’ dugout and bullpen swiftly emptied, as Germán’s teammates stormed the mound in a euphoric celebration of his outstanding achievement.

Germán reflected on the final inning, describing it as a highly unique and distinct experience. He acknowledged feeling an unprecedented level of pressure, unlike anything he had encountered before. Germán revealed that he focused on visualizing his desired execution during those critical moments. Simultaneously, he expressed the strong desire to avoid any mistakes. The overwhelming pressure he faced made the accomplishment even more rewarding, highlighting the contrasting emotions that accompanied his extraordinary performance.

He added that the crucial factor in that inning was to maintain control and avoid overexertion. Despite feeling the mounting pressure, Germán emphasized the importance of not letting it affect his performance. He aimed to sustain the same level of focus and concentration as he had from the first inning. Germán also highlighted the significance of adhering to the strategic approaches employed throughout the game, ensuring their effective execution.

Just six days after a disappointing outing where he surrendered a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) and four home runs in a loss to the Mariners at home, Germán showcased an extraordinary turnaround. Achieving his 500th career strikeout, he epitomized perfection on the mound.

This remarkable performance marked the 13th no-hitter in Yankees history, which includes Don Larsen’s iconic perfect game during the World Series. The previous no-hitter by a Yankees pitcher was achieved by Corey Kluber against the Texas Rangers on May 19, 2021.

During the game, Seth Brown of the A’s came closest to reaching base, hitting a sharply hit grounder in the fifth inning. However, Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees’ first baseman, made a remarkable diving stop and swiftly tossed the ball to Germán for the out.

Contributing to the team’s victory, Giancarlo Stanton broke his home run drought of over two weeks and drove in three runs. Additionally, Josh Donaldson, facing his former team, made a significant impact with three runs batted in (RBI). The Yankees’ dominance over the A’s continued, as they secured their 15th win in 21 games against Oakland since August 31, 2019.

In the fourth inning, Stanton displayed his immense power by crushing a first-pitch fastball from former Yankees pitcher JP Sears (1-6) for a towering 422-foot home run. The hit was so forceful that Ruiz in center field and Brown in right field merely turned their heads and watched in awe as the ball sailed effortlessly into the left-center field stands.

Continuing his offensive prowess, Stanton contributed further in the fifth inning. He delivered a two-run single off Shintaro Fujinami, taking advantage of the Yankees’ six-run surge, which also benefited from two costly errors committed by the A’s.

The fifth inning showcased a series of events favoring the Yankees. Kyle Higashioka drove in a run with an RBI double, and later scored himself when Anthony Volpe reached on an infield single. In a moment of defensive falter, Sears flung the ball wildly into foul territory, granting Volpe the opportunity to advance to second base. Volpe then exhibited his speed, stealing third and crossing the plate on DJ LeMahieu’s timely single. The A’s first baseman, Ryan Noda, also contributed to the Yankees’ offensive spree with a fielding error that allowed another runner to reach base.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who had walked and subsequently scored earlier in the inning, sealed the rally with a two-out RBI single.

Yet, amidst the offensive outburst, the night undeniably belonged to Germán. Throughout the game, he received resounding cheers from the crowd, with many fans in Oakland donning Yankees colors or jerseys, further highlighting their support and admiration for the visiting team.

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