TORONTO — Clay Holmes’ dominance has surpassed Mariano Rivera’s stage.
The Yankees nearer made his twenty ninth straight scoreless look Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, breaking Rivera’s franchise file for a reduction pitcher that had stood since 1999.
“Only for the truth that it’s Mariano Rivera makes it fairly particular,” Holmes stated after throwing 1 ¹/₃ excellent innings to complete the sport. “He’s a man I grew up watching. What he’s carried out on this sport, it’s fairly superb. So simply to be in the identical class of only one little factor he’s carried out, it’s fairly cool. The protection has been nice. It’s been enjoyable to pitch for this group and catchers. It’s been a enjoyable little run. I feel all of us hope to stick with it.”
Holmes has now thrown 31 ¹/₃ straight innings with out permitting a run — Rivera’s 28-game scoreless streak spanned 30 ²/₃ innings. In line with Elias Sports activities Bureau, the final Yankees pitcher earlier than Holmes to file a single-season scoreless streak of at the least 31 innings was Jack Aker in 1969, with 33 innings throughout 18 video games.
Mariano Rivera and Clay HolmesGetty Pictures; USA TODAY Sports activities
The one sport by which Holmes has allowed a run this season got here in his first outing on April 8, when the Purple Sox acquired to him for one run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Since then, Holmes has been almost untouchable, permitting simply 15 hits and three walks whereas putting out 33 on the best way to breaking the franchise file.
Clay Holmes and Jose Trevino have a good time after the Yankees’ 4-0 win over the Blue Jays.USA TODAY Sports activities
“It’s been superior,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “We acknowledged that right this moment within the postgame. He acquired the belt right this moment due to that. You concentrate on this storied franchise and also you convey up the title Mariano, what extra are you able to say? He’s been completely dominant and was once more right this moment.”
Holmes’ slider has improved this season, however his bread and butter is his sinker, which has confounded hitters with its unpredictable motion.
“His sinker, man, it’s actually a freaking bowling ball,” Aaron Hicks stated. “The factor simply shoots out of his hand and he’s extraordinarily correct with it.”
Holmes can dominate along with his sinker the best way Rivera did along with his cutter, and now it has allowed him to maneuver previous the Corridor of Famer — who congratulated Holmes on social media when he tied the file. Holmes has additionally carried out so whereas transferring into the nearer’s function rather than the injured Aroldis Chapman and he has not flinched within the course of.
“You hear one thing every so often [about the record], little issues, however it doesn’t actually change [anything],” Holmes stated. “Once I get on the mound, it’s the identical focus. It’s positively particular, only for who Mo was. However gotta preserve specializing in what I’m doing and attempt to preserve rolling.”