Carlos Rodon of the White Sox has not completed a single blow after losing the perfect match against HBP in the 9th
Carlos Rodon underwent elbow surgery two years ago and had shoulder problems last year. The White Sox did not bid last season and then rejoined him two weeks before the start of spring training.
He was healthy for his second outing in 2021, until he almost made history.
Rodon did not throw any blows on Wednesday against Cleveland, beating the Tribe 8-0 on a 45-degree night in Chicago. He threw a perfect nine-point game in the 24th in which he made two outings for the MLB pitcher.
Unfortunately for him, he lost the perfect when he hit the foot of the Cleveland predator Roberto Perez with a ball that brought out a ninth. Perez didn’t make much of an effort to avoid the field, but there was no argument on the part of the White Sox.
After that, the 28-year-old left-hander threw Yu Chang and retired Jordan Luplow with the ball to third baseman Yoan Moncada for failing to score. Rodon threw 114 pitches (75 strikes) since his highest pitch threw 116 on July 29, 2018 (At Baseball-reference.com).
Rodon almost lost his perfect offer with the ninth first-round bidder. Josh Naylor hit a slow goalkeeper on Jose Abreu’s first base as Naylor barely got into the bag to dive. Tonight Jim Joyce was not called out by basic referee Brian Knight for Naylor. A quick review of the playback confirmed the call.
“That was the play of hell, man, the play of hell,” Rodon said he told the White Sox TV team in an interview on the field.
Three batters later, Rodon finished MLB’s second negative in less than a week. Joe Musgrove he threw the first hit in the history of the Padres Friday night against the Texas Rangers.
Rodon rejoined the Sox on Feb. 1 – he decided it was “pretty easy” to return, knowing Chicago was now ready to win – and then made his way into the spring training sessions. Wednesday’s start was the fourth in May 2019 since Tommy John injured his elbow that caused surgery. He threw 95 pitches over five innings in his 2021 debut on April 5 against the Mariners.
“I’m happy to be here again. I’m blessed.” he said.
If he had completed the perfect game, he would have joined Philip Humber (2012), Mark Buehrle (2009) and Charlie Robertson (1922) as the White Sox hurlers who performed the feat. He will gladly take on the 20th player in the history of the franchise without any players (co-star Lucas Giolito has not been hit by pirates on August 25 last year).