Can't keep 'em down
Yankees' bats rarely remain silent for nine innings
By Desmond M. Wallace, CNNSI.com
Teams with 25 World Series trophies on their mantles are sort of used to spoiling other teams' thunder.
So when the Yankees' Luis Polonia singled up the middle with one out in the eighth inning to spoil the Indians' Bartolo Colon's no-hit bid on Sept. 18, it shouldn't have been a big surprise.
New York has not been no-hit since the Baltimore's Hoyt Wilhelm accomplished the feat on Sept. 20, 1958 -- 17 years before Colon was even born. Even more amazingly, Wilhelm started only 52 games in 23 major league seasons.
In fact, no major league team has a longer current streak without being no-hit than the Pinstripers, who have had at least one base hit in each of their past 6,637 games.
To place the Yankees' no-hit streak in even further perspective, consider what some other teams have done.
Between 1976-94 alone, the Dodgers were no-hit a half-dozen times. And in the same 42-year span since Yanks' hitters were last held hitless, the Giants have been stifled 10 times.
Along the with Yankees, the Cubs, Pirates and Reds also currently have streaks of at least 29 consecutive seasons without being no-hit.
Back in 1965, Los Angeles' Sandy Koufax tossed a 1-0 perfect game against Chicago. As amazing as it may seem -- given the Cubs' long history of futility -- no one has no-hit the Cubs since. Of all other American League teams, only the Royals, which were last denied in 1973, have gone more than 16 consecutive seasons.
Melido Perez of the White Sox had a rain-shortened six-inning no-hitter against the Yankees on July 12, 1990, but it does not count as an official no-no by baseball rules.
But as disappointed as they may be, Colon and the Tribe can take this much consolation: Of the four occasions in the last 81 years in which the Yankees have been no-hit, two of them occurred at the hands of the Indians (1919, 1946).