Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie cruised through six innings without giving up a hit against the White Sox. With two down in the seventh, it seemed like his no-hit bid would enter the eighth. But Paul Konerko reached base on an infield single that could have easily been ruled an error, ending Guthrie's no-hit bid.
After striking out Gordan Beckham and Adam Dunn to open the seventh, Guthrie fell behind in the count against Konerko. On a 2-1 pitch, Konerko hit a 95-mph fastball on the ground to the hole between third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Escobar had to run into the outfield to retrieve it and fired it to Eric Hosmer at first.
With Konerko still a few strides away from the base, the ball took a bounce and Hosmer couldn't handle it cleanly with his glove. Safe.
It took a few seconds until official scorer Del Black ruled the play a hit, much to the displeasure of the Royals fans at Kauffman stadium who booed loudly (Just imagine if it was Robinson Cano who hit it). Per the Associated Press, Black called it "a tough play from that deep. He makes that play a lot, but it's a tough play."
Guthrie struck out the next batter, Alex Rios, to end the inning and received a nice ovation. He ended up allowing two singles in the eighth and was replaced by Tim Collins. Hosmer was later given credit for a fielding error, allowing Chicago to tie the game and giving Guthrie a no-decision.
The Royals tacked on three in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win 5-2.
Should Hosmer's mishandling of Escobar's throw been ruled an error instead of a hit keeping Guthrie's no-no alive? Could Guthrie have kept the Sox at bay if he'd come back out for the eighth without allowing a hit?
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