Eric Chavez pinch-hit single was a crushing blow, breaking up a Yusmeiro Petit perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning. Chavez took Petit to a full count, forcing him to give a decent pitch to the veteran. Chavez wasted no time delivering a line drive base hit to right field. Giants right fielder, Hunter Pence, who made an important catch in the Tim Lincecum perfect game, was unable to come up with the heroics tonight which cost Yusmeiro Petit his chance at a perfect game. Petit retired the next batter, A.J. Pollack, for the final out and a 3-0 Giants victory. Take a look:
courtesy of mlb.com
Yusmeiro Petit is the 12th player to lose a perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th inning (2nd this season – Darvish)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 7, 2013
Yusmeiro Petit is in his second year with the Giants and fifth year in the majors. He has a lifetime record of 12-20 with a 5.37ERA in the big leagues, so he has to be a little disappointed not getting that perfect game. Baseball is so fickle, Petit may never have an opportunity to make history again. He stepped up tonight replacing the injured Matt Cain. He had a Matt Cainlike performance throwing 95 pitches for his first career complete game. Needless to say, it was still a perfect night for Petit. 9IP 7Ks 0walks and 1Hit running his record to 3-0.
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