Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 6:33 pm
By Evan Brunell
Royals rookie catcher Salvador Perez broke up a no-hitter attempt by Oakland's Guillermo Moscoso with a two-out single to right with two outs in the eight inning of Wednesday's game at McAfee Coliseum.
In just his 18th Major League start, Moscoso took a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings, walking just one. He didn't walk a batter until he had two outs in the sixth inning, meaning he retired his first 17 batters on Wednesday. That coupled with the 13 consecutive batters he retired to finish his start against the Mariners on Friday, meant he retired 30 consecutive batters, setting an Oakland record for most consecutive batters faced. The previous record was 29, shared by Catfish Hunter (1968) and Dallas Braden (2010). Both Hunter and Braden had a perfect game during their stretch.
It wasn't a question of Moscoso blowing hitters away ala Justin Verlander -- he's only struck out four, so the defense has been strong behind the right-hander. One of those strong defensive plays came on the first batter of the eighth inning when Jemile Weeks snagged a liner by Jeff Francouer for the first out of the inning.
Mosoco has never thrown more than eight innings in the majors, and did that just once, in a tough loss to the Blue Jays on Aug. 21. In that game, he allowed just three hits and a run in eight innings, striking out seven, but his offense didn't score for him. That wasn't a problem on Wednesday as the A's gave him a seven-run lead behind 11 hits.
After giving up the single to Salvado Perez, he got Mike Moustakas to fly out to left to end the inning.
Moscoso went 8 2/3 innings, giving up another hit to Alex Gordon in the ninth inning before leaving in favor of Fautino De Los Santos following an error by third baseman Scott Sizemore that put runners on second and third. De Los Santos got Eric Hosmer to pop out to Sizemore to end the game. Moscoso picked up the win, evening his season record at 8-8 and lowering his ERA to 3.34.
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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:09 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 4:01 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Ervin Santana had started 10 games against the Indians in his career and earned his first victory against Cleveland on Wednesday -- but that's not the story. The story is that he did it without allowing a hit.
Only an Erick Aybar error kept the game from being a perfect game into the eighth inning -- and kept Santana from picking up the shutout. Ezequiel Carrera led off the bottom of the first with a ball misplayed by Aybar and then stole second. He went to third on Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out ground out and scored on a wild pitch, to give Cleveland a lead.
After Carrera's error, Santana retired 22 in a row before walking Lonnie Chisenhall with one out in the eighth inning.