The victory lifted the Giants to a 16-11 record for the season with Petit making his first start of the season for the injured Matt Cain.
Cain was involved in a freak accident just an hour before batting practice when he cut his hand on a knife in the AT&T Park kitchen.
With very little time to prepare, it made Petit’s performance all the more remarkable, Petit has played in parts in MLB for the past seven seasons.
Petit limited the Padres to just three hits in his six innings of work while Angel Pagan and Buster Posey both hit homers in the first inning to set them on their way.
The Venezuelan explained he was always prepared for something like this.
Speaking to MLB.com, he said: “I’m prepared for it at any time. Even if it’s one moment before the game. By the third innings, I was letting it go. I felt good. I was only worrying about throwing the right pitch at the right time.”
It was the 29-year-old’s 45th start in the Majors and he managed to retire the first nine batsmen with only one runner past first base.
Petit admitted before the game that he hadn’t thrown a bullpen session since he last pitched in a game eight days ago. But any rustiness did not show as the pitcher completed a fine game.
With the Giants defense holding firm the batters got to work and extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Hector Sanchez singled to get two home and Brandon Crawford forced a run.
Sanchez completed the Giants’ night by giving a sacrificial fly in the fifth innings.
According to MLB.com,Cain is likely to recover in time for his next start on Monday in Pittsburgh but the Giants will be confident with their extra firepower from Petit.
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