Only one pitcher in the big leagues has allowed 13 hits in a game this year.
And only one pitcher in baseball has taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning this year.
Anibal Sanchez. And Anibal Sanchez.
And maybe that figures.
Sanchez, after all, is the guy who threw a no-hitter as a Marlins rookie in 2006. He's also the guy who has just two complete games -- and just 25 wins -- in four-plus seasons since then.
He's a guy who can allow 13 hits to the last-place Astros, then come back two starts later and take a no-hitter to the ninth against the first-place Rockies.
Dexter Fowler finally poked a slow ground ball through the right side, for what Colorado's only hit in a 4-1 Florida win. Sanchez fell three outs short of becoming the first pitcher to get a no-hitter but not a shutout since Darryl Kile did it for the Astros against the Mets in 1993.
And he did it two starts after allowing two hits to the opposing pitcher, Houston's J.A. Happ.
"That's a day when nothing good happened," Sanchez told reporters that night in Houston. "The balls just found holes."
It seems they did, although five of those 13 hits went for extra bases.
In any case, two starts later, plenty good happened for Sanchez. Only one of the balls the Rockies hit found a hole.
It wasn't a no-hitter, but it was impressive.
It was Anibal Sanchez.
He wasn't the pitcher you thought might throw a no-hitter this weekend, not with Josh Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez facing off Sunday in Miami, not with Roy Halladay facing the weak-hitting Padres Sunday in San Diego.
He didn't throw a no-hitter. But he did come close.