Last season Yusmeiro Petit missed throwing a perfect game by one batter. Last month he set the all-time record for consecutive batters retired with 46. And last night he threw an 84-pitch complete game.
Not bad for a 29-year-old former prospect bust turned journeyman turned rotation regular for the Giants, who’ve gotten a 3.61 ERA in 152 total innings from Petit.
In holding the Diamondbacks to one run on four hits last night he threw 68 of his 84 pitches for strikes while striking out nine and walking zero.
The last pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game using fewer than 84 pitches was Aaron Cook of the Red Sox, who needed just 81 pitches to shut out the Mariners in June of 2012. And the last pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game that wasn’t a shutout using fewer than 84 pitches was Luke Hochevar of the Royals in 2009.
Also, via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com–who has a good write-up of the game, with quotes from everyone involved–Petit has now struck out 41 batters since issuing his last non-intentional walk.
Yusmeiro Petit: Doer of cool stuff. (And, it turns out: Really good pitcher.)