Monday, May 4, 2015

some things you might like to know about Dalier Hinojosa

He had his Red Sox debut last night, the only native ever to play in the majors who was born on the Isle of Youth in Cuba.

He struck out the first batter he faced - Alex Rodriquez.  His control was far from perfect, walking three and hitting a batter - but he didn't allow either a hit or a run.

Wearing #94 (the same number he wore for Guantanamo in Cuba - the team from that city, not the U.S. Navy base), he's only the second Red Sox player to wear a number in the 90s. The first was Alfredo Aceves, who told me he wore #91 because of his appreciation of Dennis Rodman.  

Wally wears #97, but he has never played for the Red Sox. 

Hinojosa is the only pitcher ever to throw two perfect games in international tournament competition (though both were against third-world teams and were shortened “knockout” games (mercy rule).

World University Championships V (Tokyo, August 3, 2010)

Dalier Hinojosa (perfect game) 14-0 over Sri Lanka (7 innings), with 16 Ks (of 21 batters faced)  Game stopped after seven due to mercy rule. This was also the first time a no-hitter has ever been authored during the medal elimination round (as opposed to pool play) of any official IBAF-sanctioned international event.

Intercontinental Cup XVII, Taiwan, October 27, 2010

Dalier Hinojosa (perfect game) 20-0 over Hong Kong (5 innings), Hinojosa’s second perfect game. Stopped after five innings due to mercy rule.

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