SAN FRANCISCO — It didn’t take long for Bruce Bochy to search out Hector Sanchez amid the on-field celebration associated with Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter on Wednesday day. A former catcher himself, Bochy wanted to be sure his catcher fully embraced the he had just helped develop.
‘I said, ‘You’ll never forget this second, be proud of this’,’ the The big boys manager said he explained to Sanchez after the 4-0 victory over the Padres from AT&T Park. ‘For a catcher to catch a no-hitter, that’s pretty particular. He should feel so competent about that, because he’s a real huge part of what happened currently.’
Sanchez didn’t need to be told a second time.
‘It’s amazing. Everybody wants to be a a part of something special. It’s a great emotion,’ said Sanchez, who driven in the Giants’ first run on a new sacrifice fly in the subsequent. ‘In the game, you don’t want to think about it, but it is probably the best feeling in the earth, after winning the World Sequence. This is the second.’
Sanchez had flirted along with history before — he was behind the plate for Yusmeiro Petit’s bet for a perfect game final season that was thwarted using two outs in the ninth — nevertheless said he had never grabbed a no-hitter at any level.
His chance to initiate the celebratory larg of the pitcher finally arrived Wednesday. He didn’t obtain Lincecum nearly as far into the oxygen as Buster Posey did right after Lincecum’s first no-hitter of the Padres last Come july 1st.
‘I don’t want to hurt him,’ Sanchez joked after the game, ‘nice and straightforward.’
Nice and easy, just like the Lincecum-Sanchez battery caused it to be look on Wednesday. No shielding heroics were required, and uncommon was a call given by Sanchez shaken away by Lincecum.
‘They did have a good groove going,’ Bochy said. ‘The circulation of the game, everything, we were holding right on the same page.’
Sanchez’s penchant for effectively backstopping Lincecum’s sometimes irregular breaking balls earned him the nod as Lincecum’s particular catcher, sparing Posey some wear and tear. The pair’s hormone balance has allowed Bochy to either rest Posey or maybe play him at first base without worrying about a decline defensively any time Lincecum’s turn in the rotation comes around. That working relationship has never been healthier than it was upon Wednesday.
‘I know what kind of glass pitcher he is. I know the kinds of pitch he can throw in certain situations,Inch Sanchez said. ‘I like Timmy because he’s the kind of guy that’s at ease with his pitches. He can throw it in any count, any kind of situation.
‘I tried to just call up the right pitch, and he performed an amazing job. He has been tremendous pitching down inside the zone, and this is what happens. I simply tried to be focused 100 percent. After the last out of the recreation, I enjoyed that instant, but before I had to be focused and keep calling pitches.’
After the game, Lincecum revealed his celebratory plans for that night: ‘Probably going to go back to my property, maybe drink a little bit.’
A bread toasted to his battery lover is in order.