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    Jonathan Sanchez Throws 2009’s 1st No-Hitter in MLB

    Padres Giants Baseball

    Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants threw the 1st no-hitter in MLB in 2009, when he defeated the San Diego Padres 8-0 in front of the home crowd on Friday night.  Sanchez threw a remarkable game – striking out 11 batters while issuing no walks.  He needed only 110 pitches and the only Padres player to reach base was Chase Headley who reached base on Juan Uribe’s fielding error on a ball hit to 3rd base.  That prevented Sanchez from throwing the 1st perfect game in the big leagues since Sanchez’s current teammate – Randy Johnson – did so with the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Atlanta Braves.

    A couple of interesting notes surrounded the circumstances behind the no-hitter.  First of all, Sanchez had recently been demoted to the bullpen and had pitched out of the pen for the 3 weeks preceding last night’s start.  When randy Johnson went on the DL earlier this week, the Giants gave Sanchez the spot start to fill in for the iunjured Johnson.

    Second, Bengie Molina was supposed to catch for Sanchez on Friday night, but his wife went into labor before the start of the game.  Back-up catcher Eli Whiteside got the nod instead and entered the history books by calling Sanchez’s no-hitter.

    Third, Giants’ ace – and best pitcher – Tim Lincecum – took a no-hitter into the 7th inning the night before against the Padres, but couldn’t get the job done after Tony Gwynn, Jr. singled to lead off the 7th inning.  Sanchez had what it took on Friday night, throwing 77 of his 110 pitches for strikes.  Sanchez also had Rowand to thank, as he made a leaping catch of Edgar Gonzalez’s deep fly ball to center field for the 1nd out in the 9th inning.

    The Giants gave Sanchez all the run support he would need with a 4-run 2nd inning.  The Giants tacked on 3 more runs in the 5th inning on a Pablo Sandoval 3-run HR.  The Giants final run of the game came home on Aaron Rowand’s RBI single in the 8th inning.  While Sanchez kept the Padres hitless, the Giants stroked 12 hits and scored 8 runs, 1 of their highest offensive outputs of the 2009 MLB schedule.

    Sanchez’s dad was able to watch the no-hitter from the stands, and Jonathan had this to say about his accomplishment:  “Right now I’m just going to go home and hang out with my dad.  I was pumped that he was here watching the game.”

    Congrats Jonathan – you deserve it!

    Padres Giants Baseball

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