MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez
was standing behind the mound when the scoreboard caught his eye, confirming what he already knew: He was one out from a no-hitter.
He froze. For a couple of seconds, the Florida Marlins'
rookie didn't move.
"I said, 'Wow. This hitter is the last one,'" Sanchez said.
Then he collected himself and, in this year of sensational rookies, finished up the greatest performance yet.
The 22-year-old Venezuelan brought the longest period without a no-hitter in major league history to a close Wednesday night, benefiting from three defensive gems by teammates to lead the Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks