Eric Chavez thought he would make a pinch-hit appearance. He never imagined it would be under these circumstances.
Chavez's two-out single broke up Yusmeiro Petit's bid for a perfect game and was Arizona's only hit in a 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
''I had never faced him before, so I came up to watch him pitch in the fifth and he was throwing the ball well,'' Chavez said. ''I kept asking guys what he throws. He could have thrown any pitch in any count and that was in the back of my mind.''
Petit (3-0) retired the first 26 batters in a remarkably efficient performance, and then got two strikes on Chavez before unleashing a tempting curveball. But the veteran third baseman laid off that 2-2 curveball that Petit was certain he would chase.
''I don't know,'' Chavez said when asked why he stayed away from the close offering. ''I wasn't trying to break his heart, I was trying to break it up. It's a pride thing.''
Chavez lined the next pitch to right field an...