Chicago White Sox fans were irate when Cleveland Indians batter Roberto Perez spoiled Carlos Rodon’s bid for a perfect game by leaning into a pitch.
Carlos Rodon was so very close to a perfect game. Then Roberto Perez had to go out of his way to ruin it.
White Sox fans were none too pleased with Perez, who could have gotten out of the way of Rodon’s low pitch. Instead, he stood in and took a ball to the cleat. The walk ended Rodon’s perfect game bid in the cheapest of ways.
Carlos Rodon just hit Roberto Perez pic.twitter.com/yhaQLGtSBg
— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) April 15, 2021
White Sox: Carlos Rodon still threw a no-hitter
The reaction on Twitter was fierce.
Absolutely disgraceful by Roberto Perez to not get out the way. The white sox need to protest
— Phill 🚀 (@MeekPhill_) April 15, 2021
Roberto Perez needs to be arrested
— Ethan (@NYSportsFanCush) April 15, 2021
Roberto Pérez. We don’t know you. But we don’t like you.
— Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (@Kcannonballers) April 15, 2021
There’s been a lot of candidates but “Roberto Perez’ foot” is the current leader for villain of the season.
— Patrick Nolan (@SoxMach_pnoles) April 15, 2021
It was definitely disappointing to see Rodon lose the perfect game that way. Perez won’t live it down any time soon.
The good news for Rodon is he still managed to preserve his no-hitter. It’s the second no-hitter of the season in MLB and the first for Rodon, who had never been perfect through more than seven innings.
The celebration will be bittersweet knowing just how close he came to history with a perfect game though.
Chicago won the game 8-0 while Rodon tossed seven strikeouts.