Hiroki Kuroda, a right-handed pitcher, took a no-hitter into the seventh at Yankee Stadium. Kuroda is a good pitcher, but the reason this is here is because…
– It came against the Rangers.
— Kuroda actually pitched a two-hit complete game shutout. The Rangers had a total of just four baserunners all game.
As if the Red Sox didn’t have enough problems …
– They lost to the Orioles, 7-1, with Beckett on the mound, in a game that included them playing through a tornado warning.
— (for accuracy’s sake we’ll note that Baltimore county is actually quite a large county, and no one at Camden Yards was actually in danger).
The Astros won a game.
– On the road.
— By nine runs.
—- The winning pitcher, Lucas Harrell, has 10 of his team’s 39 wins.
—– No seriously, think about that. That means that the 22 other pitchers to have made an appearance at all in 2012 have a combined 29 wins between them. For comparison’s sake, the Reds’ starters (Cincinnati has only used five this season, a feat in and of itself) have 47 of their team’s 70 wins.
Omar Vizquel, 45 years old and the oldest player on a major league roster, pinch ran…
– In the bottom of the ninth.
— In a one run game.
—- Perhaps not-so-unpredictably, the Jays lost.
The Reds had nine hits and six walks through seven innings, and didn’t score.
– Really the unpredictable thing here is that it took the Mets bullpen nine innings to implode.
— Via friend-of-the-blog @msimonespn, Chris Young became the first Mets pitcher with a 12-baserunner, no-run start since Bobby Jones against Braves in 1996.
Kyle Kendrick outdueled Josh Johnson in a 1-0 game in which the only run came on a Jimmy Rollins lead off home run.
Jeremy Guthrie was at it again: 7 IP, 3 H 0R, 2BB, 8 K
Albert Pujols had his first unintentional walk since July 24th.