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Marlins complete sweep as Giants lose 1-0 in first game post-Posey

May 26, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

Anibal Sanchez, May 26, 2011 AP

Anibal Sanchez pitched his third career shutout Thursday as the Marlins beat the Giants 1-0 to complete their first sweep in San Francisco since 1995.

With Buster Posey absent from the middle of the lineup, the Giants managed just five hits today and never put together much of a threat.  Only in the first inning did they have multiple hitters reach base.

Posey’s replacement, Eli Whiteside, went 0-for-2 before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

Ryan Vogelsong was the hard-luck loser for San Francisco, dropping his first decision despite going a season-high eight innings.  He lowered his ERA to 1.77 and demonstrated one more time why it’s going to be impossible to shift him to the bullpen once the injured Barry Zito is ready to return.

Sanchez went the distance for the second time this season.  He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a 4-1 win over the Rockies on April 22.  He became the first Marlins starter to pitch a shutout in a 1-0 game since A.J. Burnett in 2005.

The Marlins are now 29-19.  They’re even with the NL East-leading Phillies in the loss column, though they have two fewer wins.  No other NL team has a better record.

The Giants fell to 27-22 with the loss.  Even after the sweep, they remain two games up on the Rockies in the NL West.

  1. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Duh-hh, I was so busy arguing for the legitimacy of Scott Cousins’ play that I didn’t notice this was a damned afternoon game and missed a good one. I must admit, Posey or no Posey, that the Feesh roatation has been pretty stellar of late. I still maintain that this team will fall out of contention by August or so but for the time being, they’re playing pretty good baseball. Anibal Sanchez took a two-year surgical detour but he’s really fulfilling the promise of his rookie season. he almost resembles a young Juan Marichal, speaking of the Giants. Look for him to pitch another no-hitter or two somewhere down the road.

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