Petit's near-perfect game against Arizona
Short but solid career with Giants
Former Diamondback Yusmeiro Petit started four games (one in 2012, three in 2013) for San Francisco before Friday, September 6, and he was effective in all of them. Petit gave up two runs in each start, with a combined 24 strikeouts and 8 walks in 22 innings pitched.
Frustrating night for Goldschmidt
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, like the rest of Arizona's hitters, had a rough time batting against Yusmeiro Petit on Friday night. Goldschmidt went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Nasty and efficient
The pitch count was never an issue for Petit (shown here in the sixth inning). He didn't exceed 11 pitches in any inning until the eighth.
Perez preserves the perfect game bid
Bruce Bochy put Juan Perez in left field as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning, and his decision payed off. With two outs in the inning, Perez made a spectacular diving catch to rob pitcher Patrick Corbin of a hit, which would've been the Diamondbacks' first baserunner of the game.
Petit had control of the strike zone all night. Until the top of the eighth inning with two outs, Arizona didn't get to one three-ball count against the Giants' right-hander.
A strike away from perfection
Petit needed one strike to become the 24th pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game. A pitch after a low 2-2 breaking ball from Petit, batter Eric Chavez got an outside fastball, which he lined to right field.
Hunter Pence made a diving effort, but the right-fielder couldn't keep Chavez's line drive from hitting the outfield grass (the ball took one hop before bouncing into Pence's outstretched glove). Chavez's hit erased any hopes Petit had of pitching a perfect game or a no-hitter.
Still gets the shutout
Petit celebrates the game's final out, which came two pitches after Chavez broke up the perfect game. While Petit wasn't able to hold the Diamondbacks hitless, he did earn the first complete game of his major-league career. His final line: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 Ks, 95 pitches. The Giants won 3-0.