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Scott Kazmir shuts down A’s for his first 10-strikeout game since 2009

May 9, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

Scott Kazmir AP AP

Scott Kazmir got knocked around by the Astros in his first start of the season, which made it seem like his comeback with the Indians was destined to fail, but he’s actually been pretty good since then and turned in a very impressive start this afternoon against the A’s.

Kazmir tossed six innings of one-run ball versus Oakland, walking zero and striking out 10 for his first double-digit strikeout game since way back in August of 2009. That day he struck out 10 against a Blue Jays lineup that included Marco Scutaro leading off, Vernon Wells batting third, and Kevin Millar hitting cleanup.

Since then Kazmir had thrown 202 innings with a 5.38 ERA and 134/98 K/BB ratio. But now he’s allowed two runs or fewer in three consecutive starts while compiling a 21/3 K/BB ratio in 17 innings. And he’s still just 29 years old.

  1. blantoncollier - May 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    These Indians might be for real!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Giambi must have brought the Golden Thong from his Yankees days

    • Kevin Gillman - May 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Sweeping the Athletics in a 4 game series, something that they have not done since 1995 is very impressive.

  2. janessa31888 - May 9, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The fans gave Kazmir a well-deserved standing ovation after he finished. The Tribe’s biggest problem has been the starting pitching and if he keeps this up, it will be a huge help.
    Loving Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds hitting bombs:)

  3. neoshweaty - May 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Hope he can keep it up in the long run because if so, the Indians got themselves a steal. Not many times that you can get a guy conceivably still in his prime on the cheap. Who knows though? Lots and lots of season left.

  4. bbk1000 - May 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Good for Kazmir…I was hoping the Mets would bring him into camp….

  5. rcali - May 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Wow, talking about hitting bottom Oakland. I didn’t think Moneyball meant getting schooled by a AA pitcher.

  6. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I’m guessing Moneyball also doesn’t mean rolling out a 300 pound, 50 year old Bartolo Colon to avoid a sweep.

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