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Carlos Rodon Throws A No-Hitter Five Days after the Last No-Hitter

The 307th no-hitter is in the record books. It comes five days after Joe Musgrove completed the same feat for the San Diego Padres. The two no-hitters were very similar. The difference is that Rodon went 8 1/3 innings before losing the perfect game in the top of the ninth. Rodon threw a breaking ball that broke a little too far into the batter’s box as Roberto Perez was hit by a pitch on top of his foot. This came right after Jose Abreu made a heads-up defensive play to get the first out in the ninth.

After Perez was hit by the pitch, some viewers thought that he could have tried harder to get out of the way of the pitch. The crowd was visibly heard chanting “bull manure” through the television as the next batter, Yu Chang was trying to hit. Chang ended up striking out on a 1-2 pitch that may have been a touch inside, but was close enough to swing at. With two outs, Jordan Luplow was Cleveland’s last hope to put a hit on the board. Luplow put together a tough at-bat as he fought his way to a 3-2 count. On the 8th pitch, he hit a hard grounder to 3rd base that felt like it might have been a tough ball to handle, but was fielded cleanly by Yoan Moncada as he threw to first base to complete the out and preserve the no-hitter.

Rodon was surrounded by teammates as they celebrated the 20th no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history. This is their 2nd no-hitter in less than a calendar year as Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter on August 25, 2020. Both Rodon and Giolito faced only 28 batters. Carlos Rodon’s final stat line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K with 114 pitches thrown and a Game Score of 94.

The funny thing is Carlos Rodon was being monitored with an upset stomach leading up to the game. On the day before the no-hitter, RotoWire News had an update: Rodon (upset stomach) will start Wednesday against Cleveland, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. (4/13/2021)

Whatever he was feeling worked. It has been an interesting journey for Rodon the past few seasons. He has been on the disabled list more than he has pitched. In 2019, he underwent Tommy John surgery. In 2020, Rodón only appeared in 4 games, with a 0-2 record and an 8.22 ERA. He re-signed with the White Sox in 2021 on a one-year, $3 million contract.

Tony LaRussa has now been a manager for two no-hitters in each league. In the National League, he was the manager for Jose Jimenez (1999) and Bud Smith (2001). In the American League, he was the manager for Dave Stewart (1990) and Carlos Rodon (2021).

Joe Musgrove, who pitched a no-hitter with zero walks five days ago, pitched last night in a losing effort against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Musgrove only gave up one run in four innings pitched, but left with the Padres down 1-0. Unlike last night, when Musgrove threw his no-hitter, the hit by pitch came in the 4th inning instead of the 9th inning. 

There have now been a total of 6 pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter but missed the perfect game thanks to a hit-by-pitch. Rodon joins Hooks Wiltse (1910), Lew Burdette (1960), Kevin Brown (1997), Max Scherzer (2015), and Joe Musgrove (2021). Both Wiltse and Scherzer hit the 27th batter, and Wiltse needed 10 innings to complete his no-hitter.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 14: Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates his no-hitter with teammates after a game against the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-0. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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