Carlos Rodón Throws No-Hitter as White Sox Beat Indians (April 14)
DiNuzzo/Getty Images. Pictured: Carlos Rodón
After being non-tendered in the offseason, it appeared Carlos Rodón’s time with the Chicago White Sox was over. Flash forward a few months, and the former first-round pick has thrown a no-hitter.
Rodón completed the feat on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians in a 8-0 masterpiece of a win. The White Sox cashed as -126 favorites, although that was hardly the story on Wednesday.
It looked like a perfect game was coming entering the ninth before a sweat started early. It appeared no more after just one batter in the inning Josh Naylor hit a slow chopper to first base in which José Abreu’s leg-first slide to the base beat Naylor’s head-first dive for the first out of the inning.
Then, with two strikes on Roberto Perez and one out in the inning, Rodón buried a slider too far inside and it hit Perez on the foot.
A generous strike three call for the second out of the inning led to the final out of the game, a Jordan Luplow ground out to third.
Rodón finished with just one baserunner allowed and seven strikeouts on 110 pitches.
It’s been a wild ride for Rodón, who was non-tendered in the offseason by the only franchise he’s known. Poor health and underwhelming results led the White Sox to look in other directions for the rotation. However, both roads led back to a reunion with the former No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft competing all spring for the final spot in the rotation.
It paid off in a big way on Wednesday.