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Yusmeiro Petit sets all-time MLB record with 46 consecutive batters retired

Aug 28, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

Yusmeiro Petit AP

It probably won’t get much attention because it’s kind of an odd record, but Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit just set a new MLB all-time mark by retiring 46 consecutive batters.

There was no perfect game involved and in fact the 46 batters stretched over the course of eight appearances. Mark Buehrle held the previous record of 45 back in 2009.

And here’s the funny part: After setting the record Petit allowed a double to the next batter, who was Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles. So, set down 46 straight hitters and then give up a double to a pitcher. Makes sense.

Petit also came up one out short of a perfect game last September against the Diamondbacks, so he’s had some remarkable stretches for a 29-year-old journeyman with fewer than 400 career innings in the big leagues.

Petit was once a top prospect with the Mets and posted incredible numbers in the minors, but his high-80s fastball always made people skeptical and he struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark early in his career. Since joining the Giants last season Petit has a sub-3.50 ERA in nearly 140 innings, with great secondary numbers.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I remember playing one of the MLB the show games when I was younger, and he was the worst pitcher in the game. Take that SD Studio!

  2. chill1184 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Shoulda kept, congrats to Petit though

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Congrats to Petit for an awesome record, however freaky. Long list of Hall of Famers never came close to this one.
    I do feel compelled to note a couple of semi-related things: Harvey “Hard Luck” Haddix’s streak of 38 straight retired. The final two outs of his win on May 21, 1959, and the first 36 batters in his next start. Yeah, lost his perfecto in the 13th on an error.
    And FWIW, in MLB history, Petit is one of the 37 pitchers who have retired the first 26 batters in a game. Officially, 23 have completed their perfect game. Of the 37, not one has ever retired the first 26 a second time.

  4. illuminancer - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I was at Petit’s almost-perfecto last year, and it was heartbreaking when Chavez got the hit. I’m so happy for him today!

  5. whatalou - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Odd? You should dream of being so odd Gleeman!

  6. nobody78 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Shouldn’t this be a bigger deal? I think this is a big deal. Now I want to know the records for hitters, for most consecutive times on base and most consecutive hits.

    • nobody78 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Well, here we go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_individual_streaks

      Earl Averill got on base 17 straight times, including an error and a fielder’s choice. Ted Williams did it 16 times with hits (including 4 HR!), walks, and an HBP.

      Johnny Kling and Walt Dropo (who?) each had 12 straight hits.

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