Well, that was unexpected.
Yusmeiro Petit retired the first 26 batters he faced, coming with one out of a perfect game. But the 27th, a pinch hitter in the shape of aging, former Bay Area-based Eric Chavez, was just too much, flicking a 3-2 pitch to right field, mere feet in front of a diving Hunter Pence.
Petit, who was twice ranked as a top one hundred prospect by Baseball America, way back in the middle of the 2000s, came within a handful of pitches, or a few feet of a perfect game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, needing only 95 pitches to go the whole way.
Petit, who has seen time with the Mets, the Marlins, the Diamondbacks, the Mariners, and the Giants, spending most of this season in AAA for the Fresno Grizzlies, was the cruelest footlong sandwich away from etching his name into the baseball record books.
Instead, in just his fourth appearance with the Giants this season, Petit will have a story to tell his grandchildren about the dying liner, the bleeding quail, the Texas Leaguer, that separated him from immortality.
Which is why, he’ll tell them, to always be kind to strangers and to treat their parents with respect because you never know when karma may rear its ugly head .
Still, with 9 IP, 1 H, 0 BB and 7 K, Petit threw one hell of a ballgame, proving that baseball is always weird and will mete out its rewards and punishments however the hell it damn well pleases, caring not for the players, fans, or business execs that watch.