We needed that. Or maybe I needed that.
Mark Buehrle was just so impressive, again, today. He pitched 7 innings (maybe he could have pitched another inning, but it was really hot in KC). He allowed just 5 hits, 2 earned, no walks with 2 strikeouts. 85 total pitches, 65 strikes. 14 ground outs, 2 fly outs.
That's his 6th start in a row where he went at least 7 innings. And 12 starts in a row that's he's gone at least 6 innings. He hasn't allowed more than 2 earned since May 29. After that start, he had a 4.97 ERA, Now he is at 3.34
Add in that it is his 3rd consecutive start without a walk....he's been amazing.
When he is pitching like this, there is no one in baseball more fun to watch.
The bullpen did the job too. Bo Schultz pitched a clean 8th (pretty important, since he had just a 1-run lead) and Roberto Osuna pitched a clean 9th.
And, finally, our offense came through with some runs.
It took until the 4th inning before we scored, but it got the bats starts. We scored:
- 2 in the 4th: Jose Bautista led off with a single and Edwin Encarnacion hit his first home runs since the firs tof the month.
- 1 in the 6th: Kevin Pillar singled and then was erased on a force out, when Ezequiel Carerra's bunt stopped too close to the catcher. Devon Travis singled and Jose Bautista singled home Ezequiel.
- 3 in the 9th: Devon Travis singled. Jose Reyes tried to bunt, twice, and failed, then doubled. Your leadoff man should be bunting. Danny Valencia followed with a 3-run homer.
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