On Fri­day Jonathan Sanchez (born Nov. 19, 1982 Mayaguez, Puer­to Rico) a pitch­er for the San Fran­cis­co Giants with only his sec­ond start of the sea­son, pitched a No Hit­ter the teams only No Hit­ter since 1976.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C, on Saturday. Photo: Harry E. Walker, MCT

San Fran­cis­co Giants start­ing pitch­er Jonathan Sanchez deliv­ers a pitch against the Wash­ing­ton Nation­als dur­ing the first inning at Nation­als Park in Wash­ing­ton, D.C, on Sat­ur­day. Pho­to: Har­ry E. Walk­er, MCT

Jonathan Sanchez Pitches Shocking No-Hitter for Giants

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Jonathan Sanchez is cer­tain­ly not the most well pitch­er in San Fran­cis­co, as Jonathan Sanchez has to pitch in the same rota­tion as Tim Lince­cum. Jonathan Sanchez and most every oth­er pitch­er in the Nation­al League is under Lincecum’s shad­ow, plus Jonathan Sanchez also has to pitch with Randy John­son. Yet to the shock of many, and to the delight of San Fran­cis­co, Jonathan Sanchez is the one who came through with the first no-hit­ter of the sea­son. After no-hit­ting the Padres, Jonathan Sanchez isn’t obscure for the moment.

Starting pitcher for the Giants, Jonathan Sanchez struck out 12, a career high. The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, September 16, 2010, defeating the Dodgers 10-2. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Start­ing pitch­er for the Giants, Jonathan Sanchez struck out 12, a career high. The San Fran­cis­co Giants played the Los Ange­les Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Fran­cis­co, Calif., on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 16, 2010, defeat­ing the Dodgers 10–2. Pho­to: Car­los Avi­la Gon­za­lez, The Chron­i­cle

Sanchez came into last night’s game with a career record of 12–24, and a record this sea­son of 2–8. Yet Jonathan Sanchez only allowed one base run­ner all night, and that was on an error in the eighth inning. The rest of the San Diego Padres didn’t touch any bases, as the Giants won 8–0.

To fur­ther add to the sto­ry­book sto­ry, Sanchez’s father came down from Puer­to Rico to see his son start for the very first time in Major League Base­ball. Sanchez had lost his place in the start­ing rota­tion almost three weeks ago, but had to be put back in at the last minute.

Before his no-hit­ter, Sanchez was the most dis­ap­point­ing start­ing pitch­er for the San Fran­cis­co Giants, out­side of expen­sive flop Bar­ry Zito. Sanchez and Zito were the less suc­cess­ful back end of an oth­er­wise ster­ling pitch­ing rota­tion for the Giants, which includes Cy Young win­ners Lince­cum and Randy John­son, and Matt Cain.

San Francisco Giants' Jonathan Sanchez, left, is embraced by his father, Sigfredo Sanchez, at the end of a baseball game after pitching a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres Friday, July 10, 2009, in San Francisco. Sanchez said his father arrived in San Francisco the previous night. "This is the first time he has seen me pitch. This is a gift for him," said Sanchez, "I feel awesome." (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo: Ben Margot, AP

San Fran­cis­co Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez, left, is embraced by his father, Sigfre­do Sanchez, at the end of a base­ball game after pitch­ing a no-hit­ter against the San Diego Padres Fri­day, July 10, 2009, in San Fran­cis­co. Sanchez said his father arrived in San Fran­cis­co the pre­vi­ous night. “This is the first time he has seen me pitch. This is a gift for him,” said Sanchez, “I feel awe­some.” (AP Photo/Ben Mar­got) Pho­to: Ben Mar­got, AP

There had been sev­er­al cas­es this year where a pitch­er went into the sev­enth and eight innings with a chance to get a no-hit­ter. They were all bro­ken up by the time the ninth inning start­ed, yet Jonathan Sanchez defied that trend for the first no-hit­ter of the sea­son.

Sanchez’s no-hit­ter is anoth­er major step for­ward for the San Fran­cis­co Giants, who had been stuck in base­ball pur­ga­to­ry thanks to the Bar­ry Bonds mess for years. In 2009, the Giants have got­ten out of the dol­drums and are cur­rent­ly lead­ing the wild card race, try­ing to make their first post­sea­son in years.

Jonathan Sanchez was expect­ed to be part of a trade before the dead­line, as the Giants build up for the pen­nant race. His no-hit­ter may increase his trade val­ue, or con­vince the Giants to keep him around a while longer.

The Padres, on the oth­er hand, were fur­ther embar­rassed as they sit in the NL West cel­lar, with one of the worst records in base­ball aside from the Wash­ing­ton Nation­als.