Okay, sports fans. Let's not get too excited about this one.
Yes, it's been a long time since the New York Yankees have been swept in a postseason series.
Yes, the New York Yankees are about to get swept in the postseason series.
In truth, Scherzer wasn't going to throw a no-hitter in Game 4 anyway. No pitcher has thrown a no-hitter against the Yankees since 1958, and it wasn't going to happen today because Scherzer entered the sixth inning having already thrown 84 pitches.
That's one thing about Scherzer: even at his best, he throws lots of pitches.
With Nuñez on third, Scherzer struck out Ichiro Suzuki for this 10th K in the game. But Nick Swisher, who's been so ineffective in so many postseason games for so long, picked on a 2-and-0 fastball and lashed a double to the wall in right-center field.
Scherzer got Robinson Canó on a grounder -- everybody these days gets Robinson Canó on grounders -- but when he walked Mark Teixeira on five pitches, that was it: after 5⅔ innings and 96 pitches, Scherzer walked to the dugout while the sellout crowd stood and applauded.
This was One of Those Moments. An out, and nobody would remember. But if Alex Rodriguez could hit a three-run homer and get the Yankees back into the game with one swing. Well, that--
Well, that didn't happen. He fell behind 0-and-2, then lifted an easy fly to center field.
So the Yankees got Max Scherzer out of the game, but they'll need a lot more than one run. If they don't score at least five more runs, their season will end after three more innings.