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Jonathan Cannon almost goes the distance in the win

Jonathan Cannon almost goes the distance in the win

Jonathan Cannon was one lead away from a complete game.

The Chicago White Sox starter made the throw he wanted, causing Jon Singleton to check his swing on a cutter out of the zone. But the Houston Astros first baseman made contact for a dribbler that stayed just down the third base line for an infield single.

Mauricio Dubón followed with a single to center, and just like that, the Astros got the go-ahead at home with two outs in the ninth.

Reliever John Brebbia replaced Cannon to complete the shutout, allowing Victor Caratini to ground out to first as the Sox defeated the Astros 2-0 on Tuesday before 16,763 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cannon was fantastic, collecting seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in 8 2/3 innings for the first win of his Major League career.

“It means a lot,” Cannon said. “It’s hopefully the first (win) of many. It felt really good to go out there and help this team win. I look forward to many more.”

Cannon said the Singleton single was “Just how baseball goes.”

“It’s funny sometimes throwing a game like that and the two little bleeders find some holes and get on base,” Cannon said. “But you know what? My defense played a great game behind me the whole game, (catcher) Korey (Lee) called that a great game. It was fun to be a part of it.”

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jonathan Cannon lands a pitch during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jonathan Cannon lands during the first inning against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at Guaranteed Rate Field. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

And he appreciated getting the chance to go out again for the ninth.

“That (manager) Pedro (Grifol) showed that trust in me meant a lot to me,” Cannon said. “To be able to go out there and try to close out the win, I think that was a huge confidence booster. That was definitely something big.”

Cannon became the first Sox rookie to throw at least 8 2/3 scoreless innings since Zach Stewart went the distance while pitching a shutout on September 5, 2011 in Minnesota.

Grifol said Cannon was “spectacular.”

“He wanted the ball and I gave it to him,” Grifol said.

Tuesday was the latest example of the changes Cannon has made since returning to the major leagues.

The right-hander worked on his plan against left-handed hitters after being optioned to Triple A on April 28. Cannon has had success against lefties and righties since being recalled on June 7.

He had a 7.24 ERA in the first three starts of his major league career before returning to Charlotte. He has a 0.48 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his three appearances (two starts) since returning.

“I think the biggest advantage is the left attack and then I feel like everything is a little bit sharper than last time,” Cannon said. “I just kind of watch the videos from some of my previous outings. I like my stuff a lot better where it is now.

“So just try to stay consistent and go out there every five days to put us in a position to win.”

One of the challenging innings for Cannon on Tuesday came in the third, when he navigated a one-out double with a strikeout and a popout.