Flashback #73: Mark Buehrle’s No-Hitter (2007)
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April 18, 2007 – Mark Buehrle throws a no-hitter
On April 18, 2007, White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle was almost perfect.
In an early-season game against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field, Buehrle threw the first no-hitter of his career.
It took 106 pitches in just over two hours to toss the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history.
A fifth-inning walk to none other than Sammy Sosa was Buehrle’s lone blemish on the day, but the 28-year-old pitcher promptly picked off Sosa from first base, meaning he faced the minimum 27 batters.
As Gerald Laird hit a slow-roller to third base for the final out of the inning, an in-shock Buehrle didn’t know how to react
“I just kept saying, ‘Oh, my god,’” Buehrle said. “I didn’t know what hit me. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to have this happen.”
For his final line, Buehrle tossed nine innings of shutout ball, allowing no hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Check out this video from one enthused fan.
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