Giants' Sanchez Throws No-Hitter
Jonathan Sanchez threw the first no-hitter of the season Friday night, striking out 11 as San Francisco got an 8-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Sanchez needed just 110 pitches to complete the career-defining feat.
Sanchez carried a perfect game into the eighth inning but lost it as third baseman Juan Uribe bobbled a ball hit by San Diego outfielder Chase Headley.
Sanchez was out of the Giants' rotation a week ago but stepped up for an injured Randy Johnson as he used a dominating combination of his fastball and slider. Fittingly, Johnson is the last pitcher to throw a perfect game as he achieved the feat in 2004 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sanchez accomplished the feat in front of his family that was in town visiting from his native Puerto Rico and became the fifth pitcher in San Francisco history to throw a no-no and first since the fantastically named John "The Count" Montefusco did it in 1976.
Edgar Gonzalez hit a long drive to center field that looked to possibly be a home run but Aaron Rowand made the catch at the wall for the second out of the ninth inning. Everth Cabrera made the final out and showed bunt early in the at-bat, a move that garnered a strong round of boos from the San Francisco crowd. Cabrera later struck out on a called strike three to end the game.
Sanchez entered Friday's game with a .366 winning percentage and a 5.21 ERA over his career and had been the subject of trade talks but may be staying by the Bay for a bit longer now.
It was the second straight night that the Giants carried a no-hit bid against the Padres into the seventh inning. On Thursday night, San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum lost his no-hitter thanks to a lead-off single by Tony Gwynn Jr. in the seventh.
The Giants got four runs in the second inning while starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer in the fifth to back Sanchez.
July 11, 2009; 12:54 AM ET
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