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article imageSan Francisco Giant's Pitcher Scores A Hitless Game

By Chris Borba     Jul 11, 2009 in Sports
For the first time since 1976, the Giants have their first hitless game. Performed by the at first doubted Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants now have found faith in their once sad pitcher.
It was a brisk night at AT&T Park, the roar of the crowd rising sharply as the announcer started the line up of the Giants for that evening. Many were shocked and appalled, Randy Johnson, the Giant's relatively new pitcher, would not be pitching.
Rather, a 0W-4L 7.08 ERA pitcher (June), Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez was kicked out of his starting position for several weeks after this sour streak. Phones rang constantly demanding a trade or release.
The start of the game was rather shocking however, in a matter of 5 minutes, I had watched the Padres go 1, 2, 3 and out and the Giants were up. For most of the game, the Padres had a poor fielding defense against the rather sparked Giant's offense. Pablo Sandoval most notably during this time hit a homer to right in the fifth knocking in three runs.
Amazingly, the Giants held through, with Sanchez pinning the Padres down. Of course, the Giants defense played ferociously, including the "hitless game saving" catch by Rowand in center field that almost looked over the wall.
Unfortunately, Juan Uribe cracked the perfect game after having an error from Padres’ batter Chase Headley. The shot was immediately fumbled by Uribe and then he hastily retrieved the ball. Recapping again on Rowand's save. It began with one out in the ninth, Edgar Gonzalez hit the ball into center and Rowand ran back into the wall to save the hitless game.
It finally came to Everth Cabrera, the last hitter of the night, but also top of the batting order. Sanchez threw three pitches by with no resistance from Cabrera. The ending was appropriate, a stadium, amazingly still full, roaring with applaud, screams, cheers, clapping etc.
Sanchez later on met his father, who, actually flew in the night before to see Sanchez for the first time pitching, in the dugout for a very heart moving hug as he congratulated his son for a spectacular display.
Final Score Giants - 7
Padres - 0
Next game: vs. San Diego Padres, Jul 11 9:05pm ET
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