Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit has retired 21 Diamondbacks in a row and will bring a perfect game into the eighth inning at AT&T Park. He has thrown 16 of 21 first pitches for strikes and has thrown 64 pitches in total.
Petit has pitched well since being inserted into the Giants’ rotation on August 27, entering tonight with a 3.00 ERA in two starts. He struck out 10 and walked just one in six innings on September 1 against the D-Backs, perhaps a clue of what was to come.
We’ll keep you updated here as Petit attempts to make baseball history. He is attempting to become the 24th pitcher to throw a perfect game.
Update (12:10 AM): Make that 24 for 24. Petit is perfect through eight innings on 80 pitches.
Update (12:27 AM): 26 for 27. Petit lost the perfect game with two outs in the ninth. Eric Chavez laced a single to right field, just in front of right fielder Hunter Pence. Petit retired A.J. Pollock to record the complete game shutout. The Giants won 3-0, pushing the Diamondbacks to eight games behind the second Wild Card.
Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.
Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.
To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.