Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 3:03 pm
You've gotta feel for Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
He was cruising toward a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins Friday night. It was the ninth inning, two outs to go, the count was 1-1 on Joe Mauer.
For his 121st pitch, Sanchez hung a pitch over the heart of the plate. Mauer delivered a bullet to center field, spoiling Sanchez's no-hit bid.
-- This is Sanchez's fourth career one-hitter. This is the second time during the past three seasons, he's had a no hitter broken up in the 9th inning.
-- Mauer, for his part, seems intent on dashing the dreams of Major-League pitchers. This was the third time he breaks up a no-hitter in the ninth.
-- Last season, Major League Baseball saw seven no-hitters. This season, we haven't seen any but there have already been five one-hitters.
Before you take our headline seriously, by the way, we should note that Sanchez threw a no-hitter, back in 2006 when he was a Florida Marlin.
"In the end, he got the hit," Sanchez told MLB.com. "But I feel good. I'll take my nine innings."