Yusmeiro Petit nearly made history on Friday night at AT&T Park, coming within one out of a perfect game in the Giants' 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks in San Francisco. He settled for a one-hit shutout, which isn't nearly as cool as a perfect game, but is impressive nonetheless. Here is a little more information on the 28-year-old right-hander, who is proof you never know who will make history next.
Petit was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets out of Venezuela as a 17-year-old in 2001, and four years later was part of the package sent by New York to the Marlins for first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Baseball America ranked Petit as the No. 46 prospect in baseball prior to the 2005 season and ranked him 69th before 2006.
Florida traded Petit to the Diamondbacks before the 2007 season for closer Jorge Julio, and Petit spent three years shuttling back and forth between Arizona and Triple-A. In three years as a Diamondback, Petit was 9-19 with a 5.05 ERA in 203 major league innings.
After 2009, Petit bounced around in the minor leagues and the Mexican League, and signed with the Giants on a minor-league deal prior to the 2012 season. He made only one spot start in September 2012 for San Francisco and spent most of 2013 in Triple-A Fresno, where he was 5-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 starts.
Petit's win on Friday was his first career complete game. In 170 career minor league starts, Petit pitched one shutout, back in 2004.
Petit is now 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in just four games with the Giants this season, tying his career high in wins, the mark he also reached in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Arizona.
Petit joined the Giants' rotation only after Matt Cain was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 23. Three starts and three wins later, Petit nearly joined Cain with the only perfect games in franchise history. Petit will have to settle for the 35th one-hit shutout by a Giants pitcher in the last 98 seasons.