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|