Anibal Sanchez pitched his third career shutout Thursday as the Marlins beat the Giants 1-0 to complete their first sweep in San Francisco since 1995.
With Buster Posey absent from the middle of the lineup, the Giants managed just five hits today and never put together much of a threat. Only in the first inning did they have multiple hitters reach base.
Posey’s replacement, Eli Whiteside, went 0-for-2 before being removed for a pinch-hitter.
Ryan Vogelsong was the hard-luck loser for San Francisco, dropping his first decision despite going a season-high eight innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.77 and demonstrated one more time why it’s going to be impossible to shift him to the bullpen once the injured Barry Zito is ready to return.
Sanchez went the distance for the second time this season. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a 4-1 win over the Rockies on April 22. He became the first Marlins starter to pitch a shutout in a 1-0 game since A.J. Burnett in 2005.
The Marlins are now 29-19. They’re even with the NL East-leading Phillies in the loss column, though they have two fewer wins. No other NL team has a better record.
The Giants fell to 27-22 with the loss. Even after the sweep, they remain two games up on the Rockies in the NL West.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com:
Today Tim Tebow will work out for 15-20 major league scouts. But even if they all pass on him, he has a job lined up. Jeff Passan reports that Tebow has already been offered a contract for the Venezuelan winter league.
The club offering is Aguilas del Zulia, a five-time champion of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and two-time Caribbean Series winner. Passan says that they sent a contract to Tebow’s agents. He says that Tebow is interested in playing winter ball.
Winter ball is an interesting beast in that, unlike indy ball it’s not about the gimmicks and unlike the minor leagues it’s not about player development. While big league clubs often send prospects there to get seasoning, the Venezuelan and Dominican clubs want to win and routinely cut even established professional players in mid-season if they’re not pulling their weight.
Which could be interesting for Tebow, given his lack of experience and the fact that he would, by necessity, have to learn on the job.