1990 was not a good year to be a Yankees fan. I cried in my basement on more than 65 occasions that spring and summer. July 1 was the worst of the days: Andy Hawkins throws eight no-hit innings at Comiskey Park and loses, 4-0 to the Whitesox.
I don't mean to bring up old, horrifying memories; encourage anyone to remember Stump Merrill....but take a look at Hawkins' two starts after the lost no-hitter:
July 6: the Yanks lose game one of a doubleheader to the Twins, 2-0 in 12 innings (we couldn't stop Gene Larkin: 3-for-4, RBI). Hawkins went 11 2/3 innings before allowing run-scoring singles to Brian Harper and Larkin.
11 2/3 innings!
I think it took Jaret Wright five starts in 2006 to get to 11 2/3 innings.
July 12: Hawkins gives up eight earned in 4 1/3 innings in an 8-0 loss. Whitesox pitcher Melido Perez, later a Yankee, throws a no-hitter in six rain-shortened innings.
Start No. 1 - Throws no-hitter; loses 4-0
Start No. 2 - Pitches 11 2/3 innings, allows two runs with two outs in the 12th inning; loses 2-0
Start No. 3 - Allows eight runs in 4 1/3 innings; loses 8-0; opposing pitcher throws no-hitter
Andy Hawkins autographed 1989 Donruss card [Estimated value: four nose hairs]