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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Hawkins no-hits White Sox but loses, 4-0
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
July 1, 1990
Andy Hawkins is shocked. The New York Yankees right-hander, who just three weeks ago was on the verge of being released with a 1-4 record and 8.01 ERA, pitches a no-hitter -- and loses, by four runs.
Three errors in the bottom of the eighth inning contribute to the Chicago White Sox scoring four runs with two outs. The big mistake is rookie left-fielder Jim Leyritz dropping Robin Ventura's deep drive with two outs and the bases loaded, allowing all three runners to score. Ventura scores when right-fielder Jesse Barfield, troubled by the sun, drops Ivan Calderon's fly.
"I'm stunned, I really am," says Hawkins after the 4-0 defeat. "This is not even close to the way I envisioned a no-hitter would be. You dream of one, but you never think it's going to be a loss. I always dreamed of getting the last out and jumping up and down."
"I told him to just think of it as a no-no," teammate Dave Righetti says. "It's something he'll never forget the rest of his life. But you're really not sure how to feel. The guys clapped for him when he came in, but I don't think anybody really knows how to act."
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