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After recording a no-hitter through eight scoreless innings against the Twins, White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease entered the ninth poised to make history.
Unfortunately, Cease’s bid would ultimately end just one out short of a spot in the record books.
The 26-year-old right-hander put on a show in front of the Chicago faithful for much of the night, only to have his night spoiled by American League batting leader Luis Arraez on the Twins’ last gasp for redemption. Facing a 1–1 count with two outs, Arraez roped a single into the gap to erase Cease’s no-no in heartbreaking fashion.
Despite missing out on the chance to earn an elusive no-hitter, Cease managed to recover and struck out Kyle Garlick for his seventh K of the night to secure a complete game shutout and a 13—0 win for Chicago.
Cease’s brush with history comes amid a promising stretch after he earned AL Pitcher of the Month honors in June and July. On the season, Cease, who was snubbed of an All-Star Game appearance, has recorded a 2.13 ERA with 197 strikeouts and a 13–6 record in 156 innings pitched across 27 games.
With the win, the White Sox (67–66) are now within 2.5 games of the first-place Guardians (68–62) and a game behind the Twins (67–64) for second place in a tight American League Central race.