Sanchez had no-hit stuff

As someone who has thrown a no-hitter, Anibal Sanchez understands more than most about how difficult it is not to surrender a hit in a game.

As a rookie on Sept. 6, 2006, Sanchez recorded the fourth no-hitter in Marlins history. In his 13th MLB start, the Venezuelan native made history in a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

On Friday night at Turner Field, Sanchez flirted with another no-hitter. In his 41st MLB start, Sanchez held the Braves hitless until pitcher Javier Vazquez singled with one out in the sixth inning.

In many ways, Friday was one of Sanchez’s most impressive career starts. The 25-year-old hadn’t started since June 2 because he’s been on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain.

Sanchez was on a pitch count of about 90-100. He exited after six-plus innings, after Ryan Church led off the seventh inning with a double.

“You never know if it can happen again,” Sanchez said on Saturday about tossing another no-hitter. “But if you think too much that they don’t have any hits, that’s when you probably won’t make it. When I threw my no-hitter, I never thought about them not having any hits. And it happened.”

The night Sanchez made history against Arizona, he said the no-hitter entered his mind in the last inning.

Because he lost the no-hitter in the sixth inning on Friday, he didn’t get caught up in what might have been. Also, because he was returning from an injury, he wouldn’t have been extended to more than 100 pitches.

“I didn’t think too much about it,” Sanchez said. “It was in the sixth inning that Vazquez got the hit.”

Sanchez next takes the mound on Thursday at home against the Mets.

On Saturday, he received a call from his mother congratulating him on the victory. A number of his friends also sent text messages.

Getting Sanchez back in the rotation provides the Marlins will a boost. While he has been hurt this year, he also is fresh right now. He has thrown 41 2/3 at the big league level this season.

“I’d like to help the team get to the playoffs,” Sanchez said. “That’s what the team wants. I want to help any way I can right now.”

— Joe Frisaro



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