Reynaldo Lopez White Sox Debut Anniversary of Wilson Alvarez No-Hitter

Reynaldo Lopez White Sox Debut Anniversary of Wilson Alvarez No-Hitter
The White Sox recalled Reynaldo Lopez to make his organizational major league debut

The continued debuts of the White Sox prospects continues tonight with the callup of Reynaldo Lopez from Charlotte. Twenty-six years ago today Wilson Alvarez made his White Sox debut in Baltimore by pitching a no-hitter.

Both Alvarez and Lopez were acquired by the White Sox in trades involving their the team's incumbent right fielder for future prospects during a rebuilding phase. Alvarez made his White Sox debut two years after they acquired him. Lopez's debut comes less than a year after being acquired.

Alvarez was traded by the Texas Rangers with infielder Scott Fletcher and Sammy Sosa for infielder Fred Manrique and right-fielder Harold Baines. Like Lopez, Alvarez had made his major league debut with the team that traded him to the White Sox.

Alvarez's only start as a member of the Rangers came in 1989. He gave up three runs on three hits with two walks and two home runs without retiring a batter. Due to not recording any outs his Major League earned run average for two seasons remained at infinity.

After pitching in the White Sox organization for two seasons with AA Birmingham and AAA Vancouver and Nashville the White Sox called up Alvarez to start on August 11, 1991. Alvarez showed up to Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards with the White Sox on a six game winning streak.


The streak pushed the White Sox to a then season high 64-45 and one game behind the Minnesota Twins in the then American League West. Alvarez was staked to a 2-0 lead before he ever took the mound. Frank Thomas hit a two run home run in the top of the first to put the White Sox in front.

The White Sox added another two runs in the top of the second. With a 4-0 lead and only three outs recorded it alleviated a lot of pressure on Alvarez. One of the knocks on the Venezuelan native was his wildness.

Dwight Evans walked as the first batter of the second inning to end the perfect game. The next batter Randy Milligan grounded into a double play and Alvarez got out of the inning to still have faced the minimum through two innings.

Alvarez retired the next 13 batters before another walk with one out in the bottom of the sixth. He didn't issue another walk until the eighth. Alvarez entered the ninth having only faced three batters above the minimum.

Most no-hitters feature one great play to preserve the no-hitter. With future White Sox outfielder Mike Deveraux leading off the ninth "One Dog," Lance Johnson made an outstanding catch on a sinking line drive in right center for the first out.

After a strikeout and two walks, Alvarez struck out Randy Milligan for the last out and a no-hitter. After his major league debut with Texas, his no-hitter was one of the most improbable in Major League history.

Lopez will make his major league debut with significantly more experience. He pitched in 11 games, six starts for the Washington Nationals last season. In 44 innings he gave up 47 hits, walked 22 and struck out 42. He had a 5.52 earned run average as a starter.

Lopez was recalled from the White Sox AAA team in Charlotte. He made 22 starts this season for the Knights. Lopez was 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA. He had a 1.24 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in the International League.

He is the second big callup this season and first of the big name pitching prospects to earn a spot on the 25 man Major League roster. His former Knights teammate Yoan Moncada was recalled by the White Sox and played his first game for them on July 19 after coming over in the Chris Sale trade last winter. He has been the starting second baseman since.

Lopez is the 59th ranked prospect in all of baseball and the sixth in the White Sox organization. Right hander Michael Kopech who came with Moncada in the trade for Chris Sale is the only pitcher in the White Sox organization ranked ahead of Lopez.

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