Although baseball has seen alot of good pitching lately, there has been a drought since the last no hitter. Randy Johnson through a perfect game on May 18, 2004. He no hit the Atlanta Braves. Since then, no one has thrown a no hitter.
Enter 22 year old Anibal Sanchez. They youngster from Venezuela pitches for the Florida Marlins. He’s already had Tommy John surgery. He ended up with the Marlins in the trade that sent Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox.
Sanchez was called up from the minors in June. His record is 7-2 with a low ERA (2.86). On Wednesday, he showed the baseball world why everyone has such high hopes for him. He pitched a no hitter with just 102 pitches thrown. His teammates were elated, mobbing him on the mound after the game was over.
After the game Sanchez commented, “I cried because I was excited. That’s the best moment of my life.” Let’s hope that this is only one of many best moments of his life. At 22, there may be another no hitter left his arm. Surely, there will be many more well pitched games in his future.