Kyle Freeland

The White Sox avoided being no-hit in the ninth inning again

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The White Sox avoided being no-hit in the ninth inning again

The White Sox have no intention of being no-hit this season. They just so happen to wait until the ninth inning to show it.

For the second time this season, in Sunday's 12-0 loss to the Tigers, Rick Renteria's group was no-hit through eight innings. And for the second time they avoided becoming the second team to be no-hit this season with a hit in their final frame.

Tim Anderson delivered a double to the right-center gap with no outs in the ninth inning to break up Matt Boyd's chance at history. Boyd had retired 26 White Sox batters to that point, with a Rob Brantly walk in the third inning their only base runner.

On July 9 the White Sox had been no-hit through eight innings in Colorado, and rookie starter Kyle Freeland retired the first batter he faced in the ninth. But a Melky Cabrera single to left broke up that almost-no-no.

The Sox still haven't been no-hit since May 3, 2011, when Francisco Liriano did at U.S. Cellular Field.

Ricky's boys truly don't quit.

White Sox come two outs away from getting no-hit by Colorado's Kyle Freeland

White Sox come two outs away from getting no-hit by Colorado's Kyle Freeland

Colorado rookie Kyle Freeland nearly made history on Sunday.

The Rockies pitcher took a no-hitter into the ninth against the White Sox, but Melky Cabrera broke it up with one out.

Cabrera had a sharp single to left field. No controversy, no questionable fielding, just a solid hit.

Freeland was making just the 18th start of his MLB career. He finished with 8 1/3 innings pitched, nine strikeouts, three walks and the one hit allowed on 126 pitches.

Freeland got a big defensive play, a requisite of any no-hitter, in the eighth inning in the form of a diving catch by Gerardo Parra.

He entered the ninth with a high pitch count at 116 and was going up against the top of the White Sox order. He struck out Adam Engel, but Cabrera drove a 2-2 pitch for a single to break up the no-hitter. He was taken out of the game after that hit.

The White Sox hadn't been no-hit since May 3, 2011, when Francisco Liriano got a no-hitter for the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field in a 1-0 game. The White Sox have been no-hit 13 times in club history.

The only no-hitter in Coors Field history was Hideo Nomo against the Rockies when he was with the Dodgers on Sept. 17, 1996. Ubaldo Jimenez has the only no-hitter for the Rockies, which was on April 17, 2010, at the Braves.

Chicago baseball teams show how real Sunday Scaries are

Chicago baseball teams show how real Sunday Scaries are

Sunday sucked for Chicago baseball teams. Like, really sucked. 

The putrid began on the North Side, as Jon Lester was tagged for 10 (four earned) runs in the first inning against the Pirates. 

Not ideal. 

According to ESPN, Lester was the fourth pitcher in the last 100 years to allow 10-plus runs and not make it out of the first frame. Four players in a century

The Cubs, of course, didn't come back from the planet-sized crater Lester put them in and eventually fell 14-3. At least he gave the effort, though. 

Out at Coors Field, it seemed as if the White Sox may have had one too many Coors the night before.

Rockies rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland shut down the South Sider's bats. Literally shut them down. For 8 1/3, Freeland did not allow a hit. But as we've learned time and time again, Ricky's boys don't quit. 

Down 10-0, Melky Cabrera singled to spoil the 24-year-old's bid at history. Exciting, until, you know, you realize the Sox still lost by double digits. 

We digress for a quick second to bring you Freeland's mom's amazing reaction to the Melk Man's hit: 

Back to the Sunday Scaries, though. Here are some numbers that may make you blanch:  

24 - The combined number of runs Chicago's teams allowed. 

21 - The combined margin of the losses. 

9.00 - The ERA of Cubs and White Sox pitchers. It would have been a lot worse if six of Lester's runs hadn't been unearned. 

2 - How many outs Jon Lester recorded. 

16 - How many runs both starters allowed. 

18 - The number of career starts it took for Freeland to almost complete a no-hitter. 

At a loss for words? Let the great Chris Kamka summarize with numbers and dates: 

Have a good rest of your Sunday!