The Chicago White Sox had a spectacular night on the field on Wednesday. Carlos Rodon threw the 20th no-hitter in the history of the franchise against the Cleveland Indians. He was brilliant for nine innings and kept them to zero hits on the scoreboard. The offense was also brilliant as they put up 8 big runs in the ballgame. One of the biggest stories, however, has the be the play made in the 9th inning by Jose Abreu.
The Chicago White Sox really saw the meaning of MVP with Jose Abreu on Wednesday.
When people think of Jose Abreu, they think of the bat. He won the MVP of the American League in 2020 because of his offensive statistics. Well, in Rodon’s no-hitter, Abreu was most valuable in the field. He did draw two walks which is nice but that play he made to get the first out of the ninth inning was incredible. He fielded a ground ball that was away from the bag and had to slide to beat the runner there. He had no chance to flip the ball to Rodon at first and had to take it himself.
There were a lot of special defensive plays in this game. Every no-hitter needs good defense otherwise it can’t happen. Guys like Zack Collins, Yoan Moncada, Leury Garcia, and Andrew Vaughn all had extra nice-looking games as well but the play Abreu made was the best of them.
With the way that the White Sox played defensively to start this season, this was a really nice sign. If they continue this level of play in the field, they will start to win more baseball games. The night belongs to Rodon for a lot of reasons but his teammates deserve some credit for backing him up strong.
As you can see in the video, the play was close. They had to review it to make sure that the call on the field was the right call. It was and the no-no was complete. Being that close of a call, it showed the effort that Abreu had to put into the play.
That is the type of leader that this team needs in all situations. This was a huge night for a team that has some lofty expectations. Hopefully, this is the start of a run. When the season is over, we might look back at this moment and see it as one of the three most important days of the year.