Venezuelan journeyman Yusmeiro Petit came within one out of completing a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Although Eric Chavez shattered that dream with a single to right field, Petit’s scoreless effort caused Twitter to erupt with reaction.

There’s a simple explanation for why the 28-year-old has spent so much of this summer in the minors: he takes the mound with ordinary stuff that can be hit hard.

That wasn’t true on this special occasion:

The suspense really began building in the seventh and eighth innings. Petit’s pursuit of perfection went viral, and most Twitter users were totally confused:

Although Petit has pitched parts of six major league seasons, he was probably the subject of more tweets in one night than he was during all those previous performances combined:

The ninth inning rolled around with the right-hander flaunting an astonishingly efficient pitch count (especially when compared to Tim Lincecum’s special night earlier in 2013). There was zero doubt about him staying in for a chance at immortality.

Petit recorded his seventh strikeout against Chris Owings, then forced Gerardo Parra to ground out softly.

Alas, Eric Chavez ruined everybody’s fun. He was so close to striking out, and Hunter Pence nearly caught his soft liner later in the plate appearance:

Nonetheless, Petit regained his composure to finish off the D-Backs for his first MLB shutout.

Braces yourselves—here come the obscure stats:

Anybody who was aware of this game’s starting pitching matchup would’ve given Patrick Corbin the upper hand. In a frustrating year that has seen most of the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation underachieve, he’s been a quintessential workhorse.

The All-Star southpaw finished his third complete game of the season—8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K—and received a few virtual pats on the back:

Corbin still ranks among the National League’s top 10 in terms of earned run average and innings pitched.

Finally, an “inspiring” takeaway from Petit’s unlikely masterpiece:



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