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Dallas Keuchel throws complete game in second career start

Jun 23, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel did a spectacular job in his major league debut last Sunday, limiting a dangerous Rangers lineup to one run in five innings.

In his second major league appearance, the 24-year-old lefty from Tulsa, Oklahoma was even better.

Keuchel, a seventh-round pick of the ‘Stros in 2009, recorded a complete game on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park as Houston rolled to an 8-1 victory over the American League Central-leading Indians.

Keuchel needed just 108 pitches — 70 of which went for strikes — to carve his way through the Cleveland lineup. He struck out three and walked just one while holding the Tribe to six hits and one earned run.

Keuchel had an underwhelming 4.26 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 46/15 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City before his promotion to the major leagues. But it’s hard to argue with the results he’s flashed thus far. The young southpaw got an opportunity to show his worth and is absolutely sprinting with it.

  1. dawglb - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    “He needed just 108 pitches…” I love the wording, “…just 108…”. In most games, a starter labors to get to 108 pitches, these days…. Is it really Cy Young/Sandy Kofax type news that a guy pitches a complete game in his 2nd start? If it is a big deal that someone pitched a complete game, it is usually because they throw beyond 100 pitches, thus, contradicting the “…just 108…” wording.

    • danielcp0303 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Congrats! On showing the internet you’re an idiot

  2. danielcp0303 - Jun 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    He’s been terrific so far. His minor league numbers aren’t all that impressive, but he had a great month or so before getting the call. Keep it up Dallas

  3. stex52 - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Addressing one of my main concerns for this year. Where was the pitching depth going to come from for August/September as they start shutting these young arms down? Hopefully he is still developing and the mediocre minor league record is not indicative. Actually of late it is not their pitching but miserable hitting. But, like most Astros fans, we live for all the little positive signs that this team is on the way back.

  4. hk62 - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    His mediocre (?) MiLB numbers came from two really had starts, the rest were very good to outstanding. He already threw 2 complete games for OKC – like most pitchability lefties, the time to watch will be when he faces the same team for a second or third time…guy is good though as long as his control is there.

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