Saturday, August 11, 2012
On this day in 1991, Wilson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter in his first appearance with the Chicago White Sox.
In Wilson's first MLB appearance, with the Texas Rangers, he could not get a batter out. His ERA was infinity after that game. In his second MLB appearance, his first with the White Sox, he threw a no-hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore.
"Let's just say I got a couple lucky breaks today. That ball stayed in and they hit some bullets right at people." - Wilson Alvarez
One of the lucky breaks happened leading off the bottom of the eighth. Chris Hoiles hit a ball that was sure to be a triple, but Lance Johnson made a fantastic diving catch to save the no-hitter. Working from the stretch, in the ninth inning, after walks to Cal Ripken Jr. and Dwight Evans, Alvarez struck out Randy Milligan to capture the first White Sox official no-hitter since Joe Cowley's in 1986 and the first no-hitter by a left-hander in White Sox history.