Pitching Had It’s Way Through the Majors Yesterday

Three of yesterday’s 12 major league games saw a single run scored, as the Padres Andrew Cashner pitched a complete game 1-0, two-hit shutout of the Phillies, as five Tampa Bay pitchers – Alex Colome, Steven Geltz, Jeff Beliveau, Kirby Yates and Joel Peralta – combined to shut out the yankess, 1-0, and as the Cubs Travis Wood, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined for a three-hit, 1-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds.

However, the major’s top performance was turned in by the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, in a game where he allowed three runs over seven innings pitched and did not get credit for the

win. But, DeCrom's performance was one for the record books, tying one 27-year-old record and coming close to another even older record. To start last night's game against Miami, deGrom struck out the first eight batters he faced, tying a record set by the Astros' Jim Deshaies in a game against the Dodgers in 1986. The all-time record for strikeouts to start a game is actually nine, but that occurred in 1884, and major league baseball doesn't really count any of those records set before
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Only three pitchers have ever struck out more than eight consecutive batters at any point in a game, and, believe it or not, two of them, with nine consecutive, are former Dodgers Aaron Harang and Ricky Nolasco. The all-time record, that DeGrom missed by two of tying, is ten in a row, set by Tom Seaver when he was with the Mets back in 1970.


What looked like it would be the day's top pitching matching turned into a route though, as the Angels and Matt Shoemaker beat up on Seattle and Hisashi Iwakuma for an 8--1 win. Shoemaker was again masterful, and the Angels offensive attack beat up on Iwakuma. Shoemaker
easily won his 16th of the season, going seven and two-thirds while allowing five hits and the single rum. Despite missing the first month of the season, Iwakuma went into the game tied with Felix Hernandez for the Mariners lead in wins at 14, having won six of his last seven decisions, and despite a sub 1.00 WHIP, Angels’ hitters teed off on him, with four runs in the third inning, and three more in the fourth. The win made the Angels the first team to win a playoff spot for the 2014 postseason, and by winning their 94th game with only a dozen remaining, the Angles need only play .500 ball the rest of the regular season to hit the 100 win total.

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