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Mark Buehrle throws two-hitter for ninth career shutout

Jul 25, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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Mark Buehrle almost single-handedly snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game losing streak on Thursday, throwing a two-hitter against the Astros for his ninth career shutout.

Buehrle’s previous two shutouts were his two no-hitters, the first against the Rangers on 2007 and the other being a perfect game against the Rays in 2009. He hadn’t thrown a shutout that wasn’t a no-hitter since 2005.

Buehrle, never a big strikeout guy, also fanned nine for just the third time in his stellar career. He struck out 12 Mariners on April 16, 2005, but that was his only double-digit strikeout game. He also had nine strikeouts way back on June 26, 2003 against the Twins.

Buehrle said afterwards that he was inspired to have a quick outing tonight  (the contest took just 2:18); he was slated to attend a Tim McGraw concert following the game.

  1. buffalo65 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    World Series time. Lets win 19 out of 20

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    See even more proof that Buehrle belongs in the NL. its nice to see there is a team out there that even the bluejays can beat, now lets get this series over and get the next losing streak started!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Maybe I’m missing something here, but Buehrle beating an AL team is proof he belongs in the NL?

      • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Quick hint: don’t look for anything remotely resembling logic in the crap dirtyharry posts.

  3. munsonsgravity - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    It’s almost August. Why do we care about last place teams again ?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      good point I have no idea why they waste their space on here writing about not only last place teams but teams with no hope, no future, no nothing. If the bluejays disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow only 6 people would even notice!! Stop writing about this terrible franchise that nobody gives a hoot about!!!

      • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Yes, let’s all focus on the irrelevant 4th place Yankees and their A-Rod saga instead… because harry says we should and we all know harry is never wrong.

        /s

  4. blacksables - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Remember the days when pitchers would routinely have 9 shutouts in a season, because they could throw more than six innings?

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    The game would have taken less time to play if Eric Bedard had not been pitching for Houston. Bedard routinely takes more than 20 seconds between pitches. Bedard threw a lot of pitches, but the only blemish on his record was a 2 out run scoring double by Encarnacion. Bautista had walked and managed to score before Encarnacion was thrown out at third. Bedard ran up his pitch count and was gone after 5 innings.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      what do you expect from Bedard? he’s from Canada!!!

      • mathieug79 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        You’re also from Canada! I know it! actually you’re probably from Quebec and still pissed about your Expos. Quebec is not part of Canada in my opinion and in Quebecer’s opinion.

        Deep down inside we all know you watch every single Jays game, and cheer them on. while your dogs licks the peanut butter off your privates.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    “while your dogs licks the peanut butter off your privates.”

    Funny stuff Mathieug! Lol!

    Even funnier…you paint a picture like that for us and use the word “privates.”
    Awesome stuff! Your post made me laugh out loud. I mean that literally too.

    “while your dogs licks the peanut butter off your privates.”
    Hahaha! Funny…funny…stuff.

    • nbjays - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      And harry will be along to comment on that funny stuff…. once the dog is done.

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