Many of the "unwritten" rules in baseball are dumb, archaic, or both. But the unwritten rule a Yankees minor leaguer broke on Tuesday night is one that shouldn't be broken.
With the Double-A Trenton Thunder on the verge of being no-hit by the Hartford Yard Goats, who were leading 3-0 with one out and none on in the ninth inning, Thunder INF/OF Matt Lipka bunted for a single.
The no-hitter the Thunder were attempting to complete would have been a combined one, with Rico Garcia, Jordan Foley, Logan Cozart, and Ben Bowden trying to make history. But Lipka's bunt single ended it. And was the only hit of the night.
After the game, the benches emptied:
Aftermath of a near fight at the end of the @GoYardGoats and @TrentonThunder game at Dunkin' Donuts Park. 3-0 win for the Goats allowing only one hit as a team. #NoGoatsNoGlory #Pride #NBCCT @NBCConnecticut @GLucivero pic.twitter.com/N1QL5XUWFo- Paul Ross (@RealPaulRoss) June 5, 2019
Had the Thunder been down by one run or perhaps two runs (or if they had a runner or two on base via walks), the bunt single to break up the no-no while trailing by three runs with one out in the ninth wouldn't have been egregious.
"It is what it is," Yard Goats pitcher Rico Garcia said after the game, per MLB.com. "[Lipka] was doing what he had to do. And we were really passionate about getting the no-hitter. It is what it is. I can't really speak for what he was trying to do or what he was trying to accomplish. It's unfortunate we couldn't get the no-hitter. Emotions were high after."