Two strikes. Two outs. He can’t possibly lose it here.
Yusmeiro Petit was one strike away from a perfect game, but Eric Chavez came through and singled to break up the potential 24th perfect game in history. Still, Petit dominated.
Somehow, the pitcher went the distance and nearly twirled in MLB history. He struck out seven in the gem, and he rarely threw the ball. He was at a mere 65 pitches after seven innings, and he finished with a measly 95 pitches.
He was aided by a home run from Hunter Pence and three hits from Hector Sanchez, but the offense isn’t what will be remembered from this game. Petit carved up the Diamondbacks, and while Juan Perez and Joaquin Arias helped, Petit did nearly all of the work.
The Diamondbacks only worked one three-ball count, and that at-bat culminated in a groundout. Paul Goldschmidt was retired on a diving stop by Arias in the first inning, and Patrick Corbin was fanned after a diving catch by defensive replacement Perez.
This was nearly the 24th perfect game in MLB history and the second Giants no-hitter this year (and the second perfect game in the last two years for the Giants), but it was still a great game from Petit. It ended in disappointment, but he gave the Giants a win to remember tonight.