Domingo German 1st Pitcher Ever with 6 No-Hit Innings, 9 Ks in 1st Start

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2018

New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in New York, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The first career start for New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German went nearly as well as possible.

German threw six shutout innings while allowing zero hits (with nine strikeouts and just two walks) Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. According to Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues, he's the first player to total at least nine strikeouts with zero hits allowed in his first start.

He was removed from the game after 84 pitches and couldn't attempt to complete his no-hitter.

Jack Curry of YES provided context for the decision from Yankees manager Aaron Boone:

Reliever Dellin Betances eventually allowed the team's first hit of the game in the eighth inning.

While this was the first major league start for German, the 25-year-old has already made an impact at this level out of the bullpen.

Entering Sunday, the pitcher had 14.1 innings pitched across five games, allowing six earned runs. Including last season, he posted a 3.45 career ERA in 28.2 innings.

He was also almost exclusively a starter over the past few years in the minor leagues, with only one relief appearance since 2013 across Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A.

Although this was just one start, the young player appears up to the task of competing at a high level in the Yankees rotation. With Jordan Montgomery potentially missing up to two months with a flexor strain, per Sweeny Murti of WFAN, German has a chance to remain in the rotation for the near future.

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