Francisco Liriano's no-hitter on Tuesday night sparked a broad range of reactions, from jubilation in Minnesota to heavy disappointment in Chicago. It was a surprising no-hitter: Liriano has struggled all year and was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. With six walks, it was far from perfect, though the end result was still a no-hitter and Twins win over the White Sox.
White Sox fans were understandably bitter about the no-hitter and lamented the missed opportunities. Over at South Side Sox, Jim Margalus was quick to point out just how ugly and frustrating the no-hitter was.
The man who entered the game with a 9.13 ERA and his job on the line pitched a no-hitter, the first to achieve the feat against the Sox since Bret Saberhagen on Aug. 27, 1991. And he didn't even have the courtesy to look good doing it.
Twins fans, on the other hand, were pleased with both the no-hitter and win. Twinkie Town, SB Nation's Twins blog, was thrilled with the team's first no-hitter since 1999, though it came in an unexpected way from a pitcher fighting to keep his spot in the rotation.
With perhaps his rotation spot on the line, Francisco Liriano came up HUGE tonight in Chicago. Before the game, I noted that Liriano needed to get the walks under control, and the offense needed to get back on track. Neither of these happened, but this is still a game many of us will never forget, as Liriano no-hit the White Sox, despite walking six batters and a fourth inning Jason Kubel home run being the only offense on the night
Check out the rest of this StoryStream for more on Liriano's no-hitter. For more reaction and analysis, head over to Twinkie Town, SB Nation's Twins blog, and South Side Sox, SB Nation's White Sox blog.