Last-Minute Fill-In Catches Sanchez's No-Hitter

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.


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