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As is, Petit lost a perfect game with one out left. He was the 12th to do it in history.
Dave Stieb has two of those, right?
Edit: Nope. Just one.
I have heard time and again that The Book forbids bunting or pinch hitting at the end of a no hitter
I agree with Random that Pence could have caught the ball if he had gotten a better jump.
Petit lost a perfect game with one out left. He was the 12th to do it in history.
So since there's been 23 perfectos, the batting average of the 27th batter in a would-be perfect game is 12/35 = .342. That's substantially over the league average, especially considering that this batter is necessarily in the ninth lineup slot. I guess clutch hitting (or anti-clutch pitching) exists in the context of breaking up a perfect game.
Petit is such a great story - from top 10 prospect, to bouncing around in the minors and even pitching in the Mexican League in 2011, then signing with the Giants organization last year and coming back up to the majors this year. He didn't give up when a lot of others might have, kept working and now this. He'll obviously be with the Giants in spring training in 2014 now, and here's hoping he can keep this up. In a word - Baseball.
Big time. I believe the Giants DFA'd him twice this season alone.
Two outs in the ninth, three-and-two count, sinking liner that Pence came THIS close to snagging with a diving effort. Wow. It was a pretty exciting game.
This outing by Petit was exceptional, of course, but it's the third straight strong start he's made (called up to replace the DL'd Matt Cain), and yes, it does appear that he's pitching his way onto the 2014 Giants' staff.
No, I had it right. 23 perfectos and 12 one-out-away hits.
Maybe it's in the best interest of Petit that he DIDN'T get a perfect game:
Incidentally, the ninth inning of the Pappas game is available on YouTube.
It's really weird watching that Pappas clip, just from a game presentation point of view. People used to watch the game from that camera angle? Man, I hate it when they cut to that angle nowadays. And also, the pace, holy crap the pace. I really noticed how briskly we moved along pitch-to-pitch and batter-to-batter. I loved it; thanks for sharing.
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