In Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals on Saturday night, Giants swingman Yusmeiro Petit tossed three scoreless innings. They were crucial, as the Royals had chased starter Ryan Vogelsong from the game after just 2 2/3 innings and manager Bruce Bochy was looking for someone to eat up a few innings to help save the bullpen for later. Petit limited the Royals to just two hits while striking out a pair in his stint. While the Giants eventually won in a rout, Petit allowed them to set up the bullpen properly without over-extending anyone else.
Quietly, Petit has had a fantastic post-season. It started when he pitched six scoreless innings against the Nationals in the wild 18-inning affair in Game 2 of the NLDS. Then he pitched three more scoreless innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, once again after Vogelsong wasn’t able to go deep into the game.
Add it all up and the right-hander has put together 12 scoreless frames on just four hits and four walks with 13 strikeouts this post-season. Not bad for a guy considered not good enough to start in the post-season.