Last night’s game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers was a treat. It showed teamwork. It showed skill. It showed drive and determination. It was a joy to watch. Last night’s game was also the first game in major league history to feature all of the following events. Each of these is something special in its own right, but to have all three happen in one game for the same team. Incredible:
- a no-hitter (9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) (Mark Buehrle)
- a multi-home run game (2) (Jim Thome)
- a grand slam (Jermaine Dye)
And just for good measure: That walk Buerhle issued was to Sammy Sosa. Buerhle picked Sosa off first base two pitches later. Oh, and Jerry Hairston Jr. gets tossed out the game for arguing with the umpires about being thrown out at first base on a bang-bang play. Buehrle has long been one of the majors’ fastest working pitchers. He completed this no-hitter in two hours and three minutes.
This is why I love baseball.