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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" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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