ST. PETERSBURG -- Shortstop Alcides Escobar believes that he made a throwing error on the play that ended Jeremy Guthrie's no-hit bid on Sunday in Kansas City.
Escobar was trying to make an easy throw because Paul Konerko, the White Sox big first baseman, is a relatively slow runner. But the throw hit the dirt in front of first base, and Eric Hosmer couldn't scoop it up; it was scored a single.
"I saw that was Paul Konerko running, and I knew the throw was a little difficult for Hosmer to handle. If I made a good throw, it's an easy out," Escobar said. "He's throwing a no-hitter for 6 2/3, and that's no base hit; with a good throw, that's an easy out. If it's another runner, that's fine -- OK, a base hit. But in that situation, I thought it was an error."
Konerko's was the only hit until, with two outs in the eighth, the White Sox got two singles. Guthrie was pulled from the game and the Sox tied the score, but the Royals won, 5-3, with a three-run eighth.