Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/19/12

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Jeremy Guthrie lost a no-hit bid against the White Sox on Sunday when a controversial infield single was awarded to Paul Konerko.

Guthrie went six and two-thirds no-hit innings before Konerko was awarded with Chicago’s first hit of the game in the seventh. Konerko hit a ground ball in the hole between third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alicides Escobar. Escobar went to his backhand to field the ball, and he threw a one-hopper to first base. Eric Hosmer was unable to make the catch, allowing Konerko to reach. Official scorer Del Black awarded Konerko with a hit.

Black, who has been scoring Royals games since 1975, later defended his decision.

“The shortstop was on the grass,” said Black, according to The Associated Press. “He had to make a backhanded stop and he was off balance. It’s a tough play from that deep. He makes that play a lot, but it’s a tough play.”

Guthrie struck out the next batter to end the inning. He went 7.2 innings allowing two runs (none earned), three hits, and did not take a decision in the 5-2 win. He didn’t seem too upset about Konerko being awarded a hit.

“That’s a tough ground ball there,” Guthrie said. “I didn’t think Esky would get to it. When he got to it, I knew we had a shot at it and it just didn’t work out.

“It was a tough play. He played himself into the chance to get an error or an (sic) hit. It went the way the scorer scored it. If he scored it a hit, great. If he scored it an error, great. My goal was to finish out the game with zero runs.”

Guthrie allowed two runs, but none were earned. He’s still 2-3 since being traded from Colorado to Kansas City, though he does lead the team with a streak of 22 straight scoreless innings. The deal seems to be working out quite well for the Royals.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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