It’s been almost a full decade since a pitcher has thrown a perfect game in MLB, and Carlos Rodon came painfully close tonight. Unfortunately, the toe of Roberto Perez was hit with one out in the ninth and a perfect game on the line, so the perfect game bid ended.
Carlos Rodón hits the cleat of Roberto Perez, ending the perfect game after 25 outs
No-hitter still in tact pic.twitter.com/wUHfnz7BJo
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 15, 2021
Even still, a no-hitter is a great consolation prize — especially for a guy who’s had an up-and-down career, with extremely lofty expectations, injuries, high points, and disappointments.
So congrats to Rodon, who threw the 20th no-hitter in Chicago White history, and the first for the White Sox since Lucas Giolito in 2020 (Alec Mills had the last one in MLB, so Chicago pitchers are responsible for three of the last four no hitters in MLB).
WHAT A MOMENT. CARLOS RODON HAS THROWN A NO-HITTER. pic.twitter.com/eH5GofleEj
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) April 15, 2021
Rodon was the White Sox 2014 first round pick, taken one spot ahead of Kyle Schwarber.