White Sox combined no-hitter ruined by awkward outfield gaffe

The White Sox were seven out of a combined hit on Tuesday against the Yankees when a flyball hit the grass just between Andrew Benintendi and Luis Robert Jr.

They could have both caught it. The latter probably should have.

Joe Kelly replaced Lucas Giolito, who had thrown a few too many pitches to see his six-inning no-hitter masterpiece.

Kelly had the first two batters look and swing, and put a runner in first with a five-pitch walk. Then Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a switch to left-center with enough hanging time that two separate outfielders could, at the very least, attempt the catch.

Instead, Benintendi and Robert ran in full sprint, stopped and awkwardly watched as the ball dropped in front of them.

“Yeah, it felt like some kind of miscommunication situation,” Giolito said. “I mean, it happens.”

White Sox manager Pedro Grifol took the opportunity to salute Robert Jr.’s bustle in the outfield.

“Robert goes after every ball and he’s really aggressive, and that’s what we want him to do,” Grifol said. “I don’t know exactly what happened, but obviously something happened in terms of communication because he’s so good at getting everything. That’s what we want him to do – fetch everything.

“He’s so good at going almost from one gap to another. Maybe he heard [Benintendi] coming. I am not sure. We will talk about it.

“This isn’t Rober Jr.’s first communication error in the outfield this season. It’s not his second or third either. That’s why the Gold Glove caliber season he’s enjoying makes those mistakes all the more annoying.

All’s well that ends well, as the White Sox took the win 3-2 and held the Yankees to three hits.

A combined no-no would have been cool, but beggars can’t choose. And the White Sox are definitely begging for wins as they sit 4.5 games shy of first place in the AL Central.

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