Found April 27, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Friday was either a very good day or a very, very bad day to be named Sanchez in the sports world, as Sanchez stars from New York to Detroit to St. Louis had some of the best and worst evenings in the history of professional athletics. There was more to boo than there was to cheer for the Sanchez contingent, but for the sake of keeping things light off the bat, we'll start with the good news: Anibal Sanchez . The Detroit Tigers starter, who threw a no-hitter as a rookie with the Marlins in 2006, had one of the best outings of his career and accomplished a feat rarer than a no-no -- a 17-strikeout game. His final line: 8 innings pitched, five hits, no runs, 17 strikeouts and just one walk in a 10-0 win over the National League-leading Braves . Anibal on his filthy evening . . . <A href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=7b297025-b6cc-4490-931c-81611f669c1a&src=v5:embed:syndication:&from=shareembed-syndication" _cke_saved_href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?videoid=7b297025-b6cc-4490-931c-81611f669c1a&src=v5:embed:syndication:&from=shareembed-syndication" target="_new" title="Sanchez K's 17 in win over Braves">Video: Sanchez K's 17 in win over Braves</A> Historically, Sanchez has been good for a stellar game or two a season. Aside from the no-hitter, in 2011 he had a complete game, one-hit shutout with 11 Ks against Pittsburgh. His second-to-last start last year was a complete-game, three-hit shutout with 10 Ks. But tossing 17 strikeouts is downright historic. In fact, we've only seen 48 total 17-strikeout games in baseball history -- as opposed to 191 no-hitters -- and we've never seen one from a Detroit Tiger. No pitcher has done it, period, since Brandon Morrow's gem in August 2010 against Tampa Bay, and Johan Santana and Ben Sheets are the only other pitchers to do sit down 17 batters in one game over the last 10 years. With the win, Sanchez moves to 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 1.34 as the Tigers improve to 11-10 on the year. Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends for the Sanchez brigade. Because for everything Anibal did right, Jonathan Sanchez did everything very, very wrong. The Pittsburgh Pirates southpaw also has a no-hitter on his resume, back in 2009 with the San Francisco Giants. But Friday he had one of the worst outings imaginable against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday -- and this is coming less than a week after Anibal's teammate Rick Porcello gave up nine earned runs in 2/3 of an inning against the Angels and Mr. Perfect Game, Phil Humber, allowed eight runs to cross in 1/3 of an inning against Cleveland. Jonathan Sanchez's line wasn't as hysterical as Porcello's or Humber's, but that's only because he didn't give himself the chance -- Sanchez got himself ejected after a mere 17 pitches . Before he was tossed, Sanchez authored one of the more futile lines in history: 0.0 IP, three hits allowed, 2 ER (both on solo homers) and a hit batter. It was the hit batter -- a fastball right at the head of Cards first baseman Allen Craig -- that got Sanchez the hook (while bringing back memories of his beanball war with Chase Utley in the 2010 NLCS ). Here's the pitch that got Sanchez ejected: The last guy to have an outing that historically bad: Former Reds starter Phil Dumatrait, who allowed four earned runs and three homers in just 12 pitches without recording an out in a 2007 loss to Milwaukee. If you want to find a guy who also hit a batter in the process, you'd have to go back even further, to 1991, when Tigers pitcher Bill Gullickson was chased from a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays after allowing two solo shots and hitting a batter in his first five pitches. If there's a bright side for Sanchez, it's that Gullickson went on to win 20 games that season. So there's hope for him, yet. Although with an updated ERA of an NL-worst 12.71 , it's probably tough to be optomistic. But there is no bright side, however, for Mark Sanchez . Poor, poor Mark Sanchez (OK, he is filthy rich). Things were already going bad enough for the New York Jets quarterback, who is coming off the worst season of his four-year professional career. After dealing with competition from noodle-armed Tim Tebow -- and the circus that followed -- and ultimately losing his job to rookie Greg McElroy last year, Sanchez saw his team sign veteran quarterback David Garrard in March to bring even more to the New York quarterback competition. Then Friday night, in the second round of the NFL Draft, Sanchez saw the Jets select West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick -- a move that was followed soon after by an ESPN report that the team is now considering releasing Sanchez, who threw 18 picks to just 13 touchdowns last season. (Man, those back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his rookie and sophomore seasons feel like eons ago don't they?) The mock tweets were flowing soon after the Jets picked Geno . Tebow just watched with his helmet off. RT @ adam_jacobi : Mark Sanchez just threw his remote at the TV and missed by 7 feet. -- Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) April 26, 2013 The good news for Sanchez? He's due $8.25 million next year, whether he's on the team or not -- which isn't so bad for a guy whose legacy is currently defined by a butt-fumble. Oh heck, just because it's so bizarrely fantastic, the infamous butt-fumble . . .
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