Sanchez speaks volumes in playoff debut
Giants starter sets franchise mark for lefties with 11 strikeouts
ATLANTA -- When Jonathan Sanchez last set foot at Turner Field, he made a remark that landed him in some trouble.On Sunday, Sanchez issued another statement. This time he did it with his wondrous left arm instead of his mouth, and the Atlanta Braves were the ones in peril. Sanchez didn't receive the decision in the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. But San Francisco wouldn't have won without him.
Fabulous like 'The Freak'
"We're going to play San Diego now and we're going to beat them three times," said Sanchez, who had just surrendered four runs in four innings in a 6-3 loss to the Braves. "If we get to first place, we're not going to look back."Sanchez's boldness could have sparked controversy, but the war of words didn't escalate. Atlanta's bats produced similar silence, contrasting with the sellout crowd's exhortations. Sanchez capitalized on his curveball and the late-afternoon shadows to record at least one strikeout in each of the first seven innings.
Sanchez's sensational start
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.