Jonathan Sanchez threw a no hitter against the San Diego Padres tonight as the Giants won 8-0 in San Francisco. Sanchez threw 110 pitches this evening and was very masterful. He was able to throw all his pitches for strikes and ended up striking out 11 batters, including the last batter of the night, Everth Cabrera.
There were a lot of nice plays made by the Giants' defense, and the best play of the night was in the ninth inning with one out when Aaron Rowand caught a fly ball hit by Edgar Gonzalez in center field that seemed destined to go over the wall for a homer.
This was Sanchez' fifth no hitter in his career but his first in the majors. Sanchez threw four no hitters in college.
Eli Whiteside was the catcher tonight as Bengie Molina's wife went into labor today.
I was watching the game sparingly tonight but when I realized that Sanchez had not given up a hit after five innings, I decided to stop flipping channels and concentrate on the Giants broadcast.
The Padres have the worst offense in the majors and this was the perfect team to get a no hitter against. The line-up is full of weak and unestablished hitters.
Besides Adrian Gonzalez, the Padres' offense is simply pathetic. They are last in most offensive catagories such as batting average and RBIs.
I have been very critical of the Giants but I was truly happy to see Sanchez get the no hitter this evening. I was very excited to see the no hitter and the last time I was as excited about a Giants game was when Barry Bonds hit his 756th homer a few years ago.
When Sanchez got the last out, the Giants all jumped up and down and it looked like the Giants won the World Series.
The Giants are now 10 games over the .500 mark and this was a very special night for Sanchez and the fans who were live at AT&T Park.