Yankees’ Double-A team breaks up no-hitter with bunt in ninth

Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford Conn. is the home of the Yard Goats

Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford Conn. is the home of the Yard Goats

On the flip side, the unwritten rules appear to encourage hitting a batter with a pitch if the opposing team had previously done the same thing with suspected intent. Though, one can only imagine the fainting and pearl-clutching that would have occurred among baseball purists had that bunt sparked a rally that would have won the game for Trenton.

Trenton Thunder outfielder Matt Lipka found himself thrust into the national spotlight Tuesday night, when he bunted with one out in the top of the ninth inning to break up a no-hitter by the Hartford Yard Goats, the Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. In the case of Lipka's bunt, more than a few pointed out that the close score validated any attempt to get on base.

Apparently Hartford wasn't pleased with the play as both benches cleared at the end of the game, but there was no brawl.

After the game, the Yard Goats were peeved.

Here's video of the bunt, followed by video of the aftermath.

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There appeared to still be a book on Tuesday, at least as far as the Yard Goats were concerned.

Here is the bunt that broke up the @GoYardGoats no-hit bid in the 9th.

Yard Goats pitcher Rico Garcia threw six no-hit innings, striking out 11, before turning the game over to the bullpen.

The Thunder finished with the lone hit and lost the game 3-0 as Bowden safely recorded the next two outs.

First off, it was a 3-0 game. If it were 10-0, I believe it'd be a different story. He also struck out four and walked one.

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