Thursday, May 3, 2012
On this day in 2011, Francisco Liriano no-hit the Chicago White Sox in Chicago.
The only blemishes on Liriano's performance were six walks. Three of those belonged to left fielder Juan Pierre. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson scattered six hits in his eight inning performance, but he gave up a solo home run in the fourth inning to Jason Kubel, which turned out to be the only run scored in the game. Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham grounded into double plays and the Pale Hose left three on base.
Juan even stole a base, but came up empty with scoring opportunities. This perfectly captures the complexity that is Juan Pierre. He does his work and does it fairly well, but with the game on the line, his best efforts mostly came up short when it counted. From missing easy fly balls to unique adventures on the bases all encapsulated Pierre. When Juan had his best days, the Sox offense seemed to nod off, tired of the nonsensical chatter emanating from the windbag manager, similar to the effect of a white noise machine.