Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mark Buehrle Tosses No-Hitter [J. Mark English]

As if in a cruel twist of fate to Met fans, on the same night when John Maine teased the club with a near no-hitter, Mark Buehrle notches one for the Chicago White Sox.

I guess congratulations are in order. Not from me though. I'll just remain bitter until a New York Metropolitan finally gets their due.

Anyway, here to fill you in on what happened, Mark Gonzalez from the Chicago Tribune reports:

Mark Buehrle upstaged the breakout of the White Sox's offense Wednesday night in historical style.

Buehrle continued his rebound season by pitching the 16th no-hitter in Sox history when he beat Texas 6-0 before a cold-but-delighted crowd of 25,390 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buehrle, 28, pitched to the minimum 27 batters, and his no-hitter became complete when he induced Gerald Laird to ground out to third, setting off a celebration among his teammates...

...This was the first professional no-hitter of Buehrle's career and the first by a Sox pitcher since left-hander Wilson Alvarez beat Baltimore 7-0 on Aug. 11, 1991...

...Buehrle struck out eight, including a called third strike on Matt Kata to start the ninth inning. Buehrle threw 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

Buehrle's only blemish was a walk to Sammy Sosa with one out in the fifth, snapping a streak of 20 consecutive batters retired by Buehrle dating back to his last start at Oakland on April 11.

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