SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rookie Eli Whiteside wasn't even supposed to be catching Friday night. Instead, he played a huge part in Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants.
The 29-year-old backup backstop got the call about 30 minutes before batting practice because starter Bengie Molina's wife, Jamie, went into labor with the couple's first child.
What a night for Whiteside in just his 13th career start.
Whiteside, who said he caught two minor league no-hitters, called catching Sanchez's no-hitter "an unbelievable feeling."
Sanchez tossed the majors' first no-hitter this season in an 8-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. It came in the left-hander's return to the rotation following a nearly three-week demotion to the bullpen.