Cristian Javier did his best Nolan Ryan impersonation on Wednesday night.
Houston Astros relievers Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly came in throwing smoke.
— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2022
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 3, 2022
Javier dominated from the start, pitching six hitless innings before leaving after 97 pitches. It’s the first time in 53 years a pitcher has had a no-hitter through six innings in the World Series. Jerry Koosman pulled the feat in Game 2 of the 1969 World Series.
While he didn’t get a chance to go the distance, Javier struck out nine and walked two, throwing 63 strikes. Abreu, Montero, and Pressly pitched one inning apiece and struck out a combined five batters.
It’s the second time this season Javier has been part of a combined no-hitter. The 25-year-old pitcher combined with Pressly and Héctor Neris to no-hit the New York Yankees on June 25.
The baseball world – minus Phillies fans — celebrated the historic achievement on Twitter.
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 3, 2022
Cristian Javier has the 1st individual no-hit bid of 6+ IP in a World Series game since Jerry Koosman in 1969 WS G2 (6 IP bid)
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) November 3, 2022
I get it, pitch counts and whatever, but if they pull him from the chance to PITCH A NO HITTER IN THE WORLD SERIES, something is wrong with baseball.
— keepfischin.eth (@keepfischin) November 3, 2022
— JustMikeIt (@TorronMiguel) November 3, 2022
Ace and he's our 4th pitcher
— MoCity (@MOClTY) November 3, 2022
Ryan Pressly closed out both of the Astros' combined no hitters this season.
No reliever had ever participated in multiple combined no-hitters in their career, let alone finish both. pic.twitter.com/9X1sAl14bs
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2022
Active pitchers to start multiple no-hitters:
— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) November 3, 2022
Game 5 is Thursday night in Philadelphia at 8:03 p.m.