And with a chance for his first complete game victory since May 2008, Shields was not going to let it get away, as he finished the job in the Rays' 2-1 win over the White Sox.
"I wanted it really bad," Shields said. "I told Joe (Maddon) in spring training one of my main goals is to get a CG this year. I think last year there were a lot of games I got taken out, and I told him I want the ball in the ninth. That's what I'm all about. I've been a workhorse since day one, and that's one of my main goals is to go as deep as I can in games. He showed a lot tonight leaving me in there and obviously I got the job done."
Even though Shields had the tying run on second with one out and Sox sluggers Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko due up, Maddon wasn't worried.
"It was his game," Maddon said. "It was definitely Shieldsy's game. There was no way I was going to take him out of that. Looking down the road, I've seen situations or moments like this really catapult a pitcher. He's still a young pitcher. So I'd like to see him build on that, the aggressiveness, the repetition of delivery, the stuff and the confidence, etc. It was magnificent."
Shields ended up with an impressive bottom line -- one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, nine strikeouts and 105 pitches.
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