San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit set a Major League record for consecutive batters retired at 46 against the Colorado Rockies Thursday.
Petit fanned Jackson Williams to tie the record of 45 set by Mark Buehrle in 2009 and surpassed it by striking out Charlie Culberson in the third frame. Pitcher Jordan Lyles then snapped Petit’s streak with a double.
Before Lyles’ double, Petit hadn’t allowed a batter to reach since Marlon Byrdof the Phillies touched him for a double in the fourth inning of their game on July 22.
This season, the 29-year-old Petit has pitched to a 3.59 ERA (96 ERA+) and sparkling 5.12 K/BB ratio in 34 games, seven of which have been starts.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintained that nothing was trivial about Petit’s accomplishment.
“It’s really incredible, when you think about it,” Bochy said. “This game has been played a long time, and it’s quite a record to be proud of. It’s amazing to me.”
Petit nearly etched himself into baseball immortality last Sept. 6, when he needed one out to complete a perfect game against Arizona. Eric Chavez spoiled the moment with a single.
Petit drew from the memory of that disappointment to drive himself toward Buehrle’s record.
“I said to myself, ‘This is not going to happen to me again,’” Petit said. “So I concentrated specifically on getting there. … I think it’s like a reward for all the work I’ve put into my pitching. I think God gave me a second opportunity.”