Carlos Rodon went through elbow surgery two years ago and shoulder issues last year. He was perfectly healthy in his second start of 2021, to the point he almost made history.
Rodon on Wednesday threw a no-hitter against Cleveland, beating the Tribe 8-0 on a 45-degree night in Chicago. He was two outs away from becoming the 24th pitcher in MLB history to throw a nine-inning perfect game.
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Unfortunately for him, he lost the perfecto when he hit Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez on the foot with a breaking ball with one out in the ninth. Perez did not make much of an effort to avoid the pitch but there was no argument from the White Sox.
After that, the 28-year-old left-hander struck out Yu Chang and retired Jordan Luplow on a ground ball to third baseman Yoan Moncada to complete the no-hitter.
Rodon almost lost his perfecto bid on the first batter of the ninth. Josh Naylor hit a slow bouncer to first baseman Jose Abreu, who slid into the bag to barely beat a diving Naylor. First base umpire Brian Knight, who was no Jim Joyce on this night, called Naylor out. A rapid replay review upheld the call.
Rodon was bidding to become the fourth White Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game and join Philip Humber (2012) Mark Buehrle (2009) and Charlie Robertson (1922). Instead, he completed the second no-no in MLB in less than a week. Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in Padres history Friday night.
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