When it was over, Jordan Montgomery walked off the mound at Joker Marchant stadium like it was any other spring training game. He did not react in any way. No one rushed to meet him.
Nonetheless, Montgomery played a significant part in what passes for spring training history Friday afternoon, working the final four innings as the Yankees no-hit the Tigers in a 3-0 victory.
Starter Masahiro Tanaka went 4 1/3 innings, walking two, and Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the fifth before handing matters over to Montgomery. He ultimately retired Andrew Romine on a soft pop to third base to finish off the no-no.
.@t_masahiro18 has thrown 8.1 hitless and scoreless innings with 13K and 2BB over his last two starts, holding opponents to 0-for-25.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 17, 2017
According to nohitter.com, the Yankees' gem Friday was the first spring training no-hitter since March 8, 2015, when the Braves did it with nine pitchers in a 10-inning game against the Astros. The Yankees' last spring no-no came in 1983, courtesy of Ron Guidry and Dale Murray.
While a no-hitter is always unexpected no matter when it occurs (or whether it actually counts), the game followed trends established this spring by both teams. The Yankees have the best record in the majors at 16-5, while the Tigers' offense has been abysmal much of the spring. Detroit entered Friday averaging 4.1 runs per game, second-worst in the majors to the Padres.