In the old days Gaylord Perry had to cleverly hide the petroleum jelly that he used for his Spitball. Today, some pitchers seem allowed to put stickem gue on their hats or glove that they use to ‘grip’ the baseball, and use it without reproach. Such was the case last night when Yusei Kikuchi — who came into the game with a 1-1 record and ERA over 4.00 — reached for the stickem on his hat regularly in shutting down the Yanks into the 8th inning; he had a no hitter through 5 innings.
Andrew Rotondi posted YES Network footage that showed Kikuchi reaching for the stickem — or Pine Tar.
Here’s a video of the pine tar under Kikuchi’s hat. pic.twitter.com/oFgT5700gR
— Andrew (@Andrew_Rotondi) May 9, 2019
Here’s Jonboy’s detailed look at Mike Fiers‘ no hitter the other night — and his use of stickem — check out the 46 second mark where the shortstop wipes off his hand there’s so much crap on the baseball.
Let's take a closer look at Mike Fiers no-hitter. pic.twitter.com/1oylV8JrJi
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) May 8, 2019
Luis Cessa pitched well for 3 innings in long relief of starter Jonathan Loaisiga who got tagged for 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings. Jake Barrett — former Arizona Diamondback pitcher whom Yanks picked up in April and recently called up — came up in to eat up innings and cough up runs — 5 runs in the 8th and 9th to make the game a laugher, 10-1.
The Yanks only got 5 hits off the stickem pitcher — 2 by DJ LeMahieu and 2 by Mike Tauchman — who broke up the no hitter with a double in the 6th. Clint Frazier got the other hit. And that was it. The rest of the lineup — Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Gio Urshela, Cameron Maybin, and Austin Romine — went hitless.
Both the Yankees and YES Network twitter accounts did not post a highlight of this game!