Andy Hawkins’ No-Hit Loss in 1990

It happened on July 1, 1990, as three Yankee errors and two walks in the eighth brought in four White Sox runs for a 4-0 defeat of the Yankees at old Comiskey Park. Hawkins had two out in the eighth when Sammy Sosa hit a grounder inside the bag at third to Mike Blowers, who dropped the ball on a backhanded stab, then failed to beat Sosa with his throw to first. It was initially a hit, but Bob Rosenberg, the official scorer, ruled the play an error after seeing the replay. Hawkins said: “The only difficult time I had was when they started changing things around on the scoreboard. They called it a hit, changed it to an error, and I went on a psychological seesaw there.”

He issued back-to-back walks to Ozzie Guillen and Lance Johnson, then made “a good first pitch” to Robin Ventura, who hit a fly ball toward Jim Leyritz in left. Leyritz explained: “The ball got caught up in the wind a little bit and just carried. When I caught up with it, I didn’t get my glove all the way on it.” Three runs scored. Then, in right, Jesse Barfield got a glove on Ivan Calderon’s fly ball, but dropped it, and Ventura scored the fourth run. After the game, Hawkins said: “I’m stunned, I really am. That’s not even close to the way I envisioned a no-hitter in the big leagues.

“You expect to walk off the field and shake everybody’s hands just like you’ve seen a thousand times before-like we’ve seen in the last two days with Fernando (Valenzuela) and Davey (Stewart). They came off the field in jubilation. They had a no-hitter and they had a win. And that’s the way it should be.”

White Sox starter Greg Hibbard had a perfect game going himself, until Bob Geren’s infield single with one out in the sixth. Hawkins left the game still with just one victory, on May 6 against the Angels. Yankees management had recently told Hawkins to either go down to triple-A affiliate in Columbus or be released, but Mike Witt, who’d pitched a perfect game 5 years earlier, went on the DL in early June, and Hawkins was back in the rotation to set the stage for his no-hitter. You can read more about this 8-inning no-hitter by Andy Hawkins here and here.

Published in: on December 17, 2008 at 1:16 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://miscbaseball.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/andy-hawkins-no-hit-loss-in-1990/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

One CommentLeave a comment

  1. Last ever Sox Yankees game in old Comiskey Park. The fly ball Barfield dropped was an absolute “can of corn” He was camped under the ball and just dropped it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s