Last night, San Francisco Gianst lefty Jonathan Sanchez became the first Giants pitcher since 1976 to throw a no-no.
Some fun facts about the game:
- It was almost a perfect game. An error by Juan Uribe in the eighth produced the only base runner for the Padres.
- It was the seventh time in MLB history that a game would have been perfect if not for an error.
- Sanchez took Randy Johnson’s spot in the rotation, who coincidently is the last pitcher to throw a perfect game.
- Everth Cabrera, the last batter of the game squared to bunt, prompting boos from the crowd, before striking out.
- Sanchez also struck out a career-high eleven, so it was an all-around dominating performance.
This goes back to my topic earlier this week about mediocre pitchers putting together dominating performances. Sanchez certainly fits the bill, as he owns a career ERA of 5.07. Just goes to show you that anything can happen in baseball.
A fellow blogger over at MLB Babble had an interesting take on the game. While some would argue that Sanchez was in fact perfect because he did not personally allow a baserunner, he argues that Uribe’s error changed the dynamics of the game, and things may have gone differently over the rest of the game. I would agree. For example, he no longer had to worry about not walking any batters for fear of breaking the perfect game, which allowed him to keep more balls out of the strike zone. For more details, check out his article.