Carlos Rodon threw the majors’ second no-hitter of the season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over Cleveland’s MLB team.
Rodon was perfect before he plunked Roberto Perez on his back foot with an 0-2 slider with one out in the ninth. An incredulous Rodon looked on in almost bewilderment as Perez made his way to first.
The left-hander regained his composure in time to strike out Yu Chang looking and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp grounder to third, kicking off a joyous celebration. The crowd of 7,148 cheered as Rodon (2-0) jumped around with his teammates near the mound, and then started handing out hugs.
The final out. A spectacular night on the mound for Carlos Rodón! <a href=”https://t.co/xkYMaLR9vP”>pic.twitter.com/xkYMaLR9vP</a>
It was the first no-hitter for the White Sox since Lucas Giolito on Aug. 25 last year against Pittsburgh and No. 20 in franchise history, second-most in major league history behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The closest call for Rodon and the White Sox occurred when Josh Naylor led off the ninth with a slow bouncer. First baseman Jose Abreu picked it up and got his toe on the bag just ahead of a sliding Naylor.
The call stood after a video review, delighting the bundled-up crowd.
Carlos Rodón hits the cleat of Roberto Perez, ending the perfect game after 25 outs<br><br>No-hitter still in tact <a href=”https://t.co/wUHfnz7BJo”>pic.twitter.com/wUHfnz7BJo</a>