The result was an impressive 10 strike outs against just two bases on balls and a great win. It’s too bad that he lost the no-hitter the way he did:
He had set down the next 20 batters, struck out a career-high 10, and now stood just six outs shy of throwing a no-hitter.
And then, Eric Chavez got his bat on a fastball, the ball took a hop off the grass in front of Hughes, smashed into the fleshy part of his left forearm, caromed off his chest and — to Hughes, at least — disappeared.
And while literally everyone in the ballpark stared and screamed and pointed, Phil Hughes was vainly searching the skies for a baseball that was lying right there at his feet.
“I’m yelling, ‘It’s in front of you, it’s in front of you,'” Mark Teixeira recalled.
“I’m screaming, ‘Down! Down! Down!,'” said Jorge Posada.
“We were all yelling,” Joe Girardi said.…