Saturday, September 7, 2013
Petit comes up big, but not perfect
By ESPN Stats & Information
Yusmeiro Petit came one out short of perfection Friday as Eric Chavez's soft liner fell just short of Hunter Pence's dive in right field. He becomes the 12th pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning and the second this season - joining Yu Darvish.
He settled for a one-hitter, but even coming this close to a perfecto was against the odds.
Petit spent most of the last two seasons in the minor leagues after being signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2012. He was outrighted off the San Francisco Giants 40-man roster twice this year. Friday was Petit's fourth start and fifth appearance in the last four seasons.
Finishing the one-hit shutout gave Petit three wins this season - that ties his career high. He did have one previous start in which he threw eight innings and gave up just one hit. That particular start in 2009 actually came when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks - the team he faced Friday.
Let's break down what Petit did well:
- Petit threw 69 of his 95 pitches for strikes (73 percent), tied for his highest percentage in 40 career starts.
- He started 21 of 28 hitters (75 percent) with a first-pitch strike.
- Fifty-two percent of his pitches out of the zone went for strikes, the highest percentage by any Giants starter this season.
- He didn't go to a 3-ball count until his 24th batter faced (Miguel Montero - 2 outs in 8th)
Get hitters to chase:
- Petit induced more outs on pitches out of the zone (14) than in the zone (13). Five of his seven strikeouts came on pitches out of the zone.
- Diamondbacks hitters missed on 10 of their 14 swings vs. Petit's offspeed pitches (changeup, curveball, slider), tied for the highest percentage (71) by any Giants starter this season.
- He didn't get a single first-pitch out but got a combined 17 on the second and third pitches. His 17 outs within the first three pitches of the at-bat are tied for the most by any Giants starter in the last two seasons.
Lee Singer and Kenton Wong contributed to this post.