{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Resilient Anibal turns tough start into sharp one

Resilient Anibal turns tough start into sharp one

|
Resilient Anibal turns tough start into sharp one
MIAMI -- It initially looked like it would be a rough Saturday night for Anibal Sanchez, and it turned into a memorable one.

The Marlins right-hander labored with his control early on, and he was trailing by two runs to Arizona while throwing 57 pitches through two innings.

But after back-to-back walks to open the second, Sanchez made a remarkable turnaround. He retired 18 straight, and he finished with 14 strikeouts.

Sanchez became just the third Marlins pitcher to reach as many as 14 strikeouts. A.J. Burnett did it twice, and the club record is 16 by Ricky Nolasco.

After the first two innings, Sanchez realized something needed to change.

"I said, I had to do something," he said. "I don't want to leave the game early. I tried to do a few pitches per hitters."

Sanchez's previous career high for strikeouts was 11, done twice last year. He reached the total against Washington on May 8. And he had 11 in a one-hitter over the Pirates on Sept. 10.

"Anibal has been throwing the ball well all year," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "So have his teammates. All five guys we have starting, they have had some quality games. Unfortunately, the team hasn't helped them win games."

Sanchez didn't factor into the decision, but he kept his club in the game for the late-inning rally.

"It was a day where everything didn't start very well, but it ended very well," Sanchez said.

Sanchez is no stranger to success against Arizona. As a rookie in 2006, the right-hander no-hit the D-backs at Sun Life Stadium.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español