The year of the pitcher continued on Wednesday night, with a number of outstanding pitching performances around the majors. Leading the way was Yu Darvish, with his first career shutout, one of a quartet with 10 or more strikeouts on the night.
Darvish vs. Miami
9 IP, 6 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts
Darvish toyed with the Marlins and struck out double digits for the fourth time in his last six starts. Darvish won his fourth straight game and has lasted seven innings or longer in each of his last six starts.
Tanaka in Seattle
9 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts
Masahiro Tanaka was two outs away from second shutout until former Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning. Tanaka, 10-1, has 102 strikeouts against only 14 walks this season. The right-hander leads the American League with a 2.02 ERA.
Cueto vs. Los Angeles
6 IP, 3 hits, 12 strikeouts
Hamels vs. San Diego
8 IP, 5 hits, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts
Ross vs. Philadelphia
7 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
Chen vs. Boston
7 IP, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts
Hughes vs. Toronto
7 IP, 7 hits, 9 strikeouts
Phil Hughes has quietly become Mr. Reliable in Minnesota with nine quality starts in his last 10 games, and 72 strikeouts to go with just eight walks on the season.
Keuchel vs. Arizona
8 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Ventura vs. Cleveland
7 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 3 strikeouts
To sum up, Wednesday featured six scoreless starts and nearly a seventh. We saw four double-digit strikeout efforts, matching the highest total for any day so far in 2014. We saw young pitchers on the rise, along with veterans on the rebound, and the top nine starts of the day combined to allow four runs in 68 innings, with 75 strikeouts and seven walks.