Carlos Rodon was jumping around near the hill, surrounded by exuberant teammates. All the injuries, all the insecurities, it seemed like a lifetime ago.
From no roster seat to a no-hitter – Rodon had arrived in his moment.
The left-hander threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season on Wednesday night and lost his offer for a perfect game with a hit in the ninth inning. The Chicago White Sox scored an 8-0 Cleveland win.
“It just feels good to finally sit here and tell you that I dominated today and it felt good,” said Rodon. “I never really did that. I’ve never done that before, at least at this level, and it feels good to say I did. “
The 28-year-old pitcher got help from ALMVP Jose Abreu, who picked up Josh Naylor’s slow bouncer from ninth and got his toe on first base in time. The pandemic-limited crowd of 7,148 people gathered on a cool, crisp night had to endure a quick retest when the Indians challenged, but the call was confirmed.
Rodon then crashed Roberto Perez with a 2-0 slider on his hindfoot – the only runner he allowed. An incredulous Rodon watched almost confused as Perez made his way to First and asked the veteran catcher if the ball actually hit him.
It had. A perfect game just inches away and then lost by a foot.
Rodon regained his composure in time to beat Yu Chang and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp ground against Yoan Moncada, the third base man, to begin a joyous celebration. Rodon held out his arms as Moncada jumped up to him and backup catcher Zack Collins joined the impromptu party.
“That was the most incredible thing I have ever taken part in,” said 26-year-old Collins.
Rodon has suffered a number of injuries over the course of his career and was unemployed for a while last winter. As early as December, the White Sox refused to offer him a contract for 2021. The number 3 in the 2014 amateur draft was re-signed with the team as a free agent and agreed to a one-year contract for $ 3 million on February 1.
Looks like a pretty good call at the moment. Rodon (2-0) won a place in the rotation in spring practice and threw five goalless innings at his first start to the season. He was scheduled to face Cleveland on Monday but was scratched from an upset stomach.
“There’s an old saying, ‘There’s not a lot of equity in this game, but every now and then,” said Tony La Russa, Chicago manager.
“I’ve been shown he’s a finisher and it’s a really good thing for his future and ours.”
It was the first no-hitter for the White Sox since Lucas Giolito took on August 25th last year against Pittsburgh and on August 20th in franchise history the second-highest place among the major league teams behind the Dodgers (23).
Perez made two hard outs early in the game and said when he showed up in ninth he didn’t know Rodon hadn’t allowed a base runner.
“To be honest, I didn’t really think he’d have a perfect game until I was hit,” said Perez. “I thought he was a no-hitter, but I really didn’t think he had a perfect game. It’s hard man I’m not going to stand there and be hit, especially on a night like tonight when it was cold. But that’s only part of the game. “
Rodon’s gem came just five days after Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter for his hometown of Padres, Texas – the first no-no in the club’s history. San Diego had been the only major franchise without one.
Rodon quickly worked in short sleeves with an unbuttoned jersey, throwing 75 of 114 fields for strikes. In his first major league shutout and his second full game, he scored seven goals.
It was his first home win in six effective innings for a 7-3 win over Minnesota on August 22, 2018.
The game temperature was 45 degrees and most of the other players wore long sleeves. But the cold didn’t seem to bother Rodón at all.
He was in control from the start. Franmil Reyes saw eight places ahead of fifth but jumped to third place with a 2-2 offer. The crowd cheered loudly as José Ramírez turned left on a 3-1 pitch to reach the final of the seventh.
“He kind of overwhelmed us,” said Indian manager Terry Francona.
Bichette Power Toronto wins Yankees
Bo Bichette met Yankees bat Aaron Judge in the energy department and had to do the last trot.
Bichette scored twice, including a run at the end of the game to start the ninth inning that knocked the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 over the Yankees on Wednesday.
“I think I’m just starting to warm up,” said Bichette. “I think I’ve been grinding for a while. This is part of baseball, fighting until you feel good. It feels good now. “
Bichette drove a pitch from Chad Green (0-2) in the opposite direction to the center-right field as Toronto played two of three games in the series.
Bichette ended his career with a run of eleven goals. He got three hits and also stole a base.
Alejandro Kirk also faced the Blue Jays. Rafael Dolis (1-0) worked ninth to take the win.
The judge hit two home runs for the Yankees who went 2-4 on a road trip. The Yankees also lost two out of three in Tampa Bay.
“It’s the little things,” said Richter. “I looked back, there are either fundamental mistakes, mistakes in the field, not just a slap in the clutch. There are a lot of things. For me personally, a few things that I need to work on to get this team in a better position and get better results. “
The Yankees scored 23 runs in the six games.
“Inconsistent,” said the judge. “That’s the word I keep coming back to. If we don’t always have good bats, bring the ball into play when necessary and hit depending on the situation. “
Toronto took a 3-3 lead with a rain at their first regular season homestand at TD Ballpark, their spring training home.
The Blue Jays are playing their first three homestands in Florida by May due to Covid-19 restrictions in Canada. The team used Sahlen Field, their class AAA stadium in Buffalo, as their home base last year and have been able to return there later this season.
Peterson and McCann team up to beat the Phillies
David Peterson hit a career high of 10 spikes in six dominant innings, and catcher James McCann hit his first home run with the Mets, sending the team past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight win.
McCann had three hits, including a homer with two runs in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo and Dominic Smith scored three hits each, and Francisco Lindor scored two hits.
Peterson (1-1) prevailed against former Mets starter Zack Wheeler, only allowed two hits and recovered from a tough effort in Philadelphia last week. The second year left loosened NL-Ost rival Phillies after playing him in two career starts with 16.50 ERA and nine games with 2.64 ERA against all other teams.
Three helpers ended a triple goal for the Mets. Aaron Loup got five outs and Edwin Díaz fanned two in a perfect ninth against the meat of the Phillies order.
Philadelphia Batters hit 14 times.
After starting the season 4-0, the slumped Phillies lost six of eight – including the first three games of this four-game set.
The Mets rushed early, scoring two runs against Wheeler in the first inning. The ardent Nimmo started off with a leadoff single against his former teammate, who needed 29 spots to survive the first.
Lindor and Smith followed in consecutive singles, scoring Nimmo. Lindor came in when Pete Alonso came to a double game.
Wheeler made his major league debut with the Mets and was 44-38 with a 3.77 ERA in 126 regular season starts with them from 2013-19.
The right-handed man went on a five-year deal with the Phillies for over $ 118 million after the 2019 season. He is 1-1 with 3.71 ERA in four starts against his old club.
Five Astros on the Covid-19 casualty list
The Houston Astros have put second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, batsman Yordan Alvarez, catcher Martin Maldonado, and infielder Robel Garcia on their list of injured due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
General Manager James Click announced the announcement on Wednesday, hours before the Astros would wrap up a three-game streak with the Detroit Tigers.
Click said he couldn’t tell if a player tested positive for the coronavirus or had been exposed to someone who had, and that the length of each player’s absence would be determined by contract tests being conducted.
Click was asked if the situation could have resulted in the game being postponed.
“We were in close contact with Major League Baseball all day about this opportunity,” he said. “They don’t believe there is a health or safety reason not to play. We are playing the game from now on. “
To take their place, infielder Taylor Jones, Abraham Toro and Alex De Goti, outfielder Ronnie Dawson and catcher Garrett Stubbs were recalled from the alternative training location.
The Astros lost four games in a row after a 6-1 start and now have to play without four members of their starting line-up.
“It’s just a challenge for the rest of our guys to pick us up and get us back on track,” said Click. “We have obviously fought a bit in the last four games. When it rains it pours. It’s a difficult situation, but we can’t let ourselves focus on winning this game. “