Jose, Jose, Jose
Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 9:34 am
How about that for a pitching performance last night?
Jose Contreras dominated the Royals, allowing just one hit over 7.0 IP while striking out six in the 9-0 Sox victory.
It was the first combined one-hitter for the White Sox since 5/25/79 vs. California (Ross Baumgarten, 8.0 IP and Randy Scarbery, 1.0 IP).
Most impressively, Contreras has now gone 10-0 with a 1.88 ERA over his last 11 regular-season starts.
I would say that is the definition of an ace.
Twice in my professional baseball career I have been lucky enough to witness a no-hitter. The first came on August 11, 1991 when Wilson Alvarez no-hit the Orioles in Baltimore. I had been on the job for just over three weeks. Wilson’s no-no built over the course of the game. You didn’t have the sense in the first inning that the day was going to be memorable.
However, the next one I saw you sure did. Bret Saberhagen no-hit us on August 26 of that same year in Kansas City. I was with the team and vividly remember thinking to myself, he has no-hit stuff even in the first inning. He was that dominating.
Last night, Contreras had that type of stuff — even though he did allow the one hit.