“I was so focused [that] when he started laboring in the fourth and really started laboring in the fifth, when he came in, I told Dale: ‘If he labors in the sixth, I’m getting him out. You know, I’m gonna get him out of there,’ ” Yost told reporters after the game.
There was just one sticking point: Junis had yet to allow a hit.
“Then I looked up and saw that he had a no-hitter, which I was completely oblivious to at that point. … Dale thought I was kidding,” Yost said.
Yost stuck with Junis because of the whole “he hasn’t allowed a hit” thing, and his no-no eventually was broken up by Daniel Vogelbach’s infield single in the seventh inning. But his outing was plenty good enough in Kansas City’s 10-0 win and, despite the occasional wildness Monday, Junis (2-0) has now opened the season with 14 consecutive scoreless innings.
“I wasn’t disappointed or anything,” Junis said. “I just wanted to get out of that inning, really. I was still struggling with my command then.”
The last Royals pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Bret Saberhagen against the White Sox in August 1991. Only five MLB teams — the Orioles, Blue Jays, Brewers, Indians and Padres (who have never had one) — have gone longer without a no-hitter.
Read more from The Post: