One date, five games, no hits

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One date, five games, no hits

May 15 can be considered a day of no-hitters. No less than five were tossed on this day throughout the years.

Celebrating a birthday on May 15 are:
- John Smoltz; who won 213 games in his career without tossing a no-hitter.
- George Brett; who prevented many no-hitters by lashing out 3154 hits.

But anyway, here are the five May 15 masterpieces in chronological order:

1944: Clyde Shoun

This Reds lefty nicknamed "Hardrock" tossed his no-hitter against the Boston Braves. His counterpart on the hill was Jim Tobin, who just 18 days earlier pitched a no-hitter of his own. Tobin's walk was the only thing standing in the way of a perfect game. He also struck out only one...Shoun's MLB career began with the Cubs, and was included in the package sent to the Cardinals for Dizzy Dean in April 1938.

1952: Virgil Trucks

On May 15, the Tigers' fireballing Trucks tossed what would be the first of two 1952 no-hitters (the second one came August 25th at Yankee Stadium). Trucks hit two batters and walked one, while striking out seven. Incredibly, his two no-hitters accounted for 40 percent of his 1952 win total, and he finished the season 5-19.

1960: Don Cardwell

Two days earlier, the Phillies sent Cardwell to the Cubs in a four-player deal. Cardwell's first game with his new team, in game two of a doubleheader, resulted in a no-hitter over the Cardinals. The 6-foot-4 righthander struck out seven and walked one.

1973: Nolan Ryan

The Ryan Express tossed his first of two no-hitters on the season for the Halos (and also the first of seven in his career) against the Royals (it was George Brett's 20th birthday... but he didn't make his big league debut until Aug. 2). The big Texan struck out 12 and walked three.

1981: Len Barker

Barker's was the only perfect game of this list of five, and it came against the Blue Jays. The 6-foot-5 righty retired eleven by way of strikeout; in the Jays lineup that day was future NBA guard Danny Ainge.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

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White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.