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Some pitching feats in tonight’s action

Apr 12, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

A.J. Burnett AP

A.J. Burnett turned in his third consecutive solid effort, holding the Reds to three runs over six innings tonight, striking out eight.

Since 2000, there are only ten occurrences of a pitcher tossing at least five innings and striking out eight or more in at least his first three starts of the season. Randy Johnson had 15 such starts to open the 2000 season and only six have done it four or more times. With his start tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, Burnett has three such starts in a row and now sits on 27 strikeouts in 16 innings. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s an average of 15 strikeouts per nine innings. As a percentage of batters faced, Burnett’s strikeout rate is 36 percent. The highest strikeout rate among starters last year belonged to Max Scherzer at 29 percent. Small sample size caveats apply, of course.

Burnett also accomplished the feat in 2002 when he was with the Florida Marlins. Click here for the full list.

Meanwhile, Twins starter Vance Worley lasted just one inning against the New York Mets in snowy, 34-degree weather in Minnesota tonight. The bespectacled right-hander allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out only one. Five of the runs came in the first inning, and four more were credited to Worley as he failed to retire a batter in the second inning.

John Buck, arguably the hottest hitter in baseball right now, hit a grand slam off of Pedro Hernandez, who came in to relieve Worley. Buck now has six home runs, tied for the Major League lead with Chris Davis, Mike Morse, and Justin Upton. The four RBI also bring him into a tie for the MLB lead with Davis as well.

In Cleveland, it was quite the pitcher’s duel. For seven innings, White Sox starter Jose Quintana and Indians starter Justin Masterson traded goose eggs. Quintana was lifted after seven innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out seven. Masterson tossed a full nine innings, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out seven. His ERA on the season is now 0.45. The Indians walked off in the bottom of the ninth when Nick Swisher drove in Michael Bourn with an RBI single.

We’ve also had a triple play turned tonight. And the night isn’t even over yet.

  1. fearlessleader - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    How about some love for Cardinal rookie Shelby Miller? Seven innings, no runs, one hit (to the first batter he saw), 113 pitches and 87 for strikes. Kyle Lohse was very, very good against his old team, but Shelby threw a gem.

    • Bill Baer - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      That’s a good one as well.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        19 consecutive scoreless innings for Justin Masterson Bill. After that disastorous two games against Yankees, Indians needed this win tonight.

    • jrfstl - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      And no walks for Shelby, either. Impressive showing!

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    We had a 3 inning save by Aaron Loup of the Jays. The Wolf man was perfect over those 3 innings. He does not throw hard, but that left handed semi side arm delivery is hard on hitters.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Nobody cares proudly, the Jays are Toast son, that starting rotation is pathetic at best and that defense is so bad is should be a crime

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Through 6, Scherzer has 11 SO.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Who won?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        They did — in the 12th. I was up til 1:30 watching. I bet my boys are tired tonight.

  4. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Put AJ under the bright lights of viewers and media and he shrivels up like testicles in an ice bath.

  5. modellforprez - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    yeah buddy Burny is killing them out there. first old head couldnt get any run support then herb tony swatson gave up the lead that cost him his 1st W. this is what is gonna because bad deal neal Has No bench.

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