Jeremy Guthrie lost a no-hit bid against the White Sox on Sunday when a controversial infield single was awarded to Paul Konerko.
Guthrie went six and two-thirds no-hit innings before Konerko was awarded with Chicago’s first hit of the game in the seventh. Konerko hit a ground ball in the hole between third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alicides Escobar. Escobar went to his backhand to field the ball, and he threw a one-hopper to first base. Eric Hosmer was unable to make the catch, allowing Konerko to reach. Official scorer Del Black awarded Konerko with a hit.
Black, who has been scoring Royals games since 1975, later defended his decision.
“The shortstop was on the grass,” said Black, according to The Associated Press. “He had to make a backhanded stop and he was off balance. It’s a tough play from that deep. He makes that play a lot, but it’s a tough play.”
Guthrie struck out the next batter to end the inning. He went 7.2 innings allowing two runs (none earned), three hits, and did not take a decision in the 5-2 win. He didn’t seem too upset about Konerko being awarded a hit.