“My job isn’t to strike guys out. It’s to get them out, sometimes by striking them out.” ~Tom Seaver
“Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.” ~Crash Davis, Bull Durham
Two one-hitters were thrown in baseball yesterday.
Boston’s Jon Lester threw his one-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays. It would have been a perfect game, except for the sixth-inning double given up to Maicer Izturis. Retiring 27 of 28 batters using only 118 pitches, Lester improved his season record to 5-0.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, rookie right-hander Shelby Miller started off the game by giving up a single to Colorado’s Eric Young, but then proceeded to retire the next 27 batters. Miller recorded thirteen strikeouts during the game, eight of which were called, and improved his record to 5-2.
Congratulations to these two gentlemen on their fine performances.