Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon came two outs away from a perfect game but threw the first no-hitter of his career in an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Rodon, 28, threw 114 pitches in the complete game, looking as strong at the end of the contest as he did at the beginning.
“I can’t believe it,” Rodon stated on the game telecast afterwards.
With one out in the ninth inning, Rodon hit Roberto Perez in the foot, ending his chance at perfection. But the lefty then got Yu Chang looking on strike three and Jordan Luplow grounded out to third base.
Josh Naylor had opened the ninth inning with a slow roller to first baseman Jose Abreu, who barely got to the bag before Naylor. The call on the field was ruled an out, which was upheld by video review.
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It’s the second White Sox no-hitter in as many seasons; Rodon’s teammate, Lucas Giolito, threw one last season on Aug. 25 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Rodon was the third overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft but injuries have plagued his career.
He was non-tendered by the White Sox this past December only to sign back with them on a 1-year deal for $3 million.
Tony La Russa is now the first manager to oversee two no-hitters in the American League and two in the National League, having been in the dugout Dave Stewart in 1990, Jose Jimenez in 1999 and Bud Smith in 2001.
Rodón was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 amateur draft. He has been hampered by injuries in recent years, but he won a spot in the rotation during spring training and pitched five innings in a 6-0 victory at Seattle in his first start of the season.
He was supposed to pitch on Monday versus Cleveland, but he was scratched because of an upset stomach.
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