San Francisco’s Yusmeiro Petit made his own little slice of MLB history after retiring his 46th-consecutive opponent, breaking Mark Buehrle’s 2009 effort.
According to MLB.com, Petit was given a standing ovation by the AT&T Park faithful after he broke Buehrle’s record of 45 when Charlie Culberson went down swinging in the third inning.
Petit entered last night’s game on 38 and was well aware that history was not far away.
Speaking to MLB.com, the 29-year-old pitcher said: “I concentrated specifically on getting there. I think it’s like a reward for all the work I’ve put into my pitching. I think God gave me a second opportunity.”
Petit’s “second opportunity” was in reference to when he was denied the perfect game against Arizona Diamondbacks last September.
The Venezuelan needed just one more out for a no-hitter but Eric Chavez destroyed his dream with a single.
But the pitcher, who signed for the Giants in 2012, has gone one step further and made Major League history.
The run of 46 began on July 22 at Philadelphia and the pitcher was proving untouchable as the Giant’s long reliever.
He went six games unbroken before being used as a starting pitcher against Washington Nationals last Saturday. The 29-year-old maintained his momentum with a perfect 4 1/3 innings before being replaced.
In the game
Petit sat on 38 in a row retirements when he entered the game against the Colorado Rockies and replaced Tim Lincencum as starting pitcher.
Fortunately for Petit, the record was in the history books before his run was ended by his 47th opponent Jordan Lyles, which meant Petit had beaten Buehrle by one.
The pitcher was also awarded the game victory against the Rockies for his six innings pitched, which went for four hits and one run as the Giants strolled to a 4-1 victory.
The win maintained the Giants (71-62) second place in the National League West division, 4.5 games behind leaders Los Angeles Dodgers (76-58).