As the disappointing 2013 season winds down for the San Francisco Giants, most fans probably aren’t glued to their televisions for September baseball like they have been the past few seasons. Entering the day over 20 games back of the division leading Dodgers, there is little to look forward to as the season comes to an end.
Yusmeiro Petit has been a solid addition to the Giants starting rotation, filling the void of the injured Chad Gaudin, and little-league ace Barry Zito. He has a 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA and has thrown himself into the conversation of being part of the 2014 rotation, depending on what San Francisco does with the expiring contracts of Gaudin, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong.
His start on Friday night definitely helps his case – Petit dominated the Arizona Diamodbacks, coming within one out of throwing the 24th perfect game in the history of major league baseball and the second in the history of the San Francisco Giants.
Who is this guy? Petit came up as a 21 year old with the then Florida Marlins in 2006 pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2007-2009. He was out of the big leagues for the next two seasons before making one appearance in 2012 and then coming up late in 2013.
Bruce Bochy looked like a genius when he subbed in Juan Perez for a defensive upgrade in left field to begin the 6th inning. It surely payed off, when, with 2 outs, a looping line drive was about to fall for the first hit of the game, only for Perez to dive and make the play.
He retired the first 26 batters that he faced, but a line drive by Eric Chavez with two outs in the ninth ended the perfect game bid, but only to bounce back and retire the next batter he faced to throw a complete game, 1 hit shutout.
The 2013 season has been below par for the Giants. But what a great moment that will for at least a short period of time make us forget about the ugly, and recognize the gem by Petit.
One strike. Thats how close he came. But you better believe he has one spot in next years rotation.