Even though the Twins are basically fielding a futures team at this point, Zach Stewart’s one-hit performance was impressive as he helped the Sox complete a doubleheader sweep of the Twins yesterday. Stewart retired the first 21 he faced before Danny Valencia broke up the perfect game. Stewart then retired the next six batters for a complete game one-hit shutout. So I ask everyone reading this now, is a one-hitter with no walks more impressive than a no-hitter with nine walks?
My answer is yes, and I think the media often makes too big of a deal out of a no-hitter. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing impressive about a pitcher putting nine base runners on no matter if it’s a hit or a walk. To me a no-hitter with a walk is the same as a one-hitter with no walks, which is exactly what Stewart did for the White Sox yesterday.
The Sox continued to get production out of the youngsters with Brent Morel driving in two and making three spectacular plays at third to help Stewart out.
Watching Stewart’s performance and Phil Humber’s seven solid innings in game one’s victory give me hope for the remainder of this season and next year as well.
The White Sox are obviously still searching for an identity and the season is almost over which is a glaring problem. While they still have a shot at winning the division it’s a long one, but stranger things have happened in baseball. As my last post pointed out the Tigers blew a seven game lead back in 2009 post Labor Day, and let’s not forget about the 1969 Cubs that were in first place for 155 days before going 8 – 17 in the last 25 games of the season. “Nothing is over until I say it’s over” – John J. Rambo. So true, so true.