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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Giants Allow One Hit, Lose: Historically Frustrating Day for Jonathan Sanchez

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 6:15 AM

click to enlarge Tough luck, kid. But you've got company...
  • Tough luck, kid. But you've got company...
Jonathan Sanchez' mother told him there'd be days like this. For the first time in the 52-year history of the San Francisco Giants, the team allowed one, stinkin' hit -- and lost the game. The team dropped a 1-0 contest last night at San Diego. Sanchez struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing just the one hit. And yet, he lost the game.

He now joins a team of hard-luck losers captained by these men:

Bob Hendley: The Chicago Cub allowed just one hit, one unearned run, and two baserunners at Dodgers Stadium on Sept. 9, 1965. Too bad for him a fellow named Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game for the hometown team.

Andy Hawkins: The New York Yankees starter managed to actually lose a no-hitter -- twice. He didn't allow a hit to the Chicago White Sox on July 4, 1990, but lost, 4-0. Then, one year later, the league changed the definition of a no-hitter, declaring a pitcher must throw nine full innings. As the visiting pitcher, Hawkins only had the opportunity to throw eight. Hawkins followed up his non-no-hitter by tossing 12 innings in a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, and then getting no-hit by the Chicago White Sox. One year later, he was out of baseball

Randy Johnson: Over the course of four games in 1999, the 6-foot-10 Arizona Diamondback threw three complete games and allowed a total of six runs. But he lost all four games -- including two 1-0 losses in duels with the St. Louis Cardinals' Jose Jimenez, who pitched a two-hitter and no-hitter.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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