(Chicago) Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox had a scoreless game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. He would have had a perfect game if he hadn't reached Roberto Perez in the ninth, after a withdrawal.
Rodon (2-0) had seven batters at bat and the White Sox beat the Indians 8-0. The 28-year-old southpaw needed 114 shots, of which 75 were grabs.
The pitcher was always perfect when he showed up to the mound for the ninth inning.
First goal Jose Abreu got the first out of the set in extremis, when he extended his foot at the last moment to beat Josh Naylor.
Officials viewed the replay, but confirmed that Naylor was indeed withdrawn, much to the crowd's delight.
Then, with a 0-2 count against Perez, Rodon threw a slippery ball that landed on the batter's right foot, which automatically got him to first base.
Rodon, incredulous, followed Perez with his gaze as he made his way to the pillow.
The left-hander then pulled himself together to strike out Yu Chang, and the last put-out was a third-pad putt, hit by Jordan Luplow.
Despite the disappointment of having lost a perfect match, Rodon, his teammates and the 7,148 spectators gathered at the Guaranteed Rate Field began to celebrate the match without a point or a hit. The whole team quickly found themselves at the mound, before Rodon began handing out individual hugs to his teammates.
It was the first game without a point or hitting for the White Sox since August 25, when Lucas Giolito pulled off the feat against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In team history, there have been 21 games without a point or hitting, the second-earliest overall in the Majors.
On the attack, the highlight was Yermin Mercedes' three-point homerun in the first run. The Dominican was hitting a third long ball this season.
In fact, by the end of the first set, the White Sox were already leading 6-0. The team added two more points in the third inning.
Rodon's feat comes just five days after Joe Musgrove's scoreless game of the San Diego Padres played the trick at the Rangers.
He, too, a batter hit deprived him of a perfect game.