Game 145 Recap: Sanchez Spoils Locke’s Debut
Anibal Sanchez allowed just one hit in throwing a complete game shutout. Jeff Locke was decent in his first effort in The Show. He was scored on in only one inning, but that was all Sanchez would require.
Florida got to Locke in the third inning. Emilio Bonifacio reached on an infield single to start the inning. Bryan Petersen walked. Omar Infante dropped a sac bunt to move both runners up one base. Gaby Sanchez walked to load the bases. John Buck singled in two runs and pushed Sanchez to third. Donnie Murphy’s sac fly brought in run number three, but Buck was caught off second for the third out of the inning.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the second against Sanchez. Neil Walker doubled and Ryan Ludwick reached on an error. Michael McKenry walked. But Locke whiffed. That would be as good as it would get. Sanchez wouldn’t allow another hit.
Chris Leroux, Chris Resop and Jose Veras combined to pitch the final four innings without incident.
Locke was pulled after five innings. He gave up those three runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out one. Sanchez walked three to go along with the one hit. He K’d eleven.
The bullpen tossed four innings of two hit baseball.
Um, only getting one hit.
Bucs hitters whiffed eleven times.
Sanchez had split two previous decisions against Pittsburgh in three starts. He has two shutouts and three complete games in 2011.
The last pitcher to toss a complete game one hitter at the Buccos was Roy Oswalt on 7/8/10.
Bucs have been shutout 13 times in 2011. Bucs were shutout 15 times in 2010.