Yusmeiro Petit loses perfect game with two outs in the ninth

The Diamondbacks had no answer for Yusmiero Petit on Friday.
The Diamondbacks had no answer for Yusmeiro Petit on Friday. (USATSI)

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Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit gave up almost nothing against the Diamondbacks -- his former team -- on Friday night. The journeyman retired 26 straight batters before Eric Chavez laced a solid single in front of a diving Hunter Pence with two outs in the ninth.

Petit, 28, struck out seven and threw only 95 pitches in his nine innings, so it was a very quick and low-stress game. Low-stress by near-perfect game standards, I mean. Petit went to just two three-ball counts all night, to the final batters of the eighth (Miguel Montero) and ninth (Chavez) innings.

Coming into Friday, Petit had gone 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings across two starts and one relief appearance for San Francisco this season. He has a 5.37 ERA in 251 1/3 career big league innings with the Marlins, D-Backs and Giants.

Petit is in the rotation thanks to the injured Matt Cain, who is on the DL with a forearm contusion after being hit by a line drive. In his last start, Petit struck out 10 D-Backs in six innings of work. He went 5-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 Triple-A starts for San Francisco before being called up.

Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez threw baseball's last perfect game in August 2012 against the Rays. Cain threw a perfect game for the Giants last June against the Astros. Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres this July, immediately prior to the All-Star break.

Arizona has never been on the wrong end of a perfect game in the franchise's relatively short history, but they have been no-hit on two previous occasions. Anibal Sanchez last got them exactly seven years ago, on Sept. 6, 2006.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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