The Closer: Scoreless in Seattle


The Rangers and Mariners traded zeroes for 11 innings Friday before Texas scored twice in the top of the 12th inning and held on for the 2-0 win. The Mariners loss spoiled a great Seattle debut for Cliff Lee who threw 7 shutout innings. Lee sure knows how to make a good first impression. Last season in his first start with the Phillies he threw a complete game 4-hitter against the Giants. The Rangers Colby Lewis did Lee two innings better with 10 K in nine innings. The last Rangers pitcher to pitch at least 9 innings while allowing no runs, striking out more than 10 all while getting a no-decision? Nolan Ryan on August 17, 1990 (10 IP, 0 R, 15 K).

Why Colby Lewis should have won:

- 10 strikeouts; third start this season with double-digit K.
- 7 strikeouts with the slider, giving him 18 for the season.
- Hitters were 0-12 against the fastball (.169 BA against this season).
- First pitch strike to 74 percent of batters faced (MLB Avg. 58 percent).
- Mariners hitters chased 45.5 percent of off-speed pitches, well above his average of 29.3 percent coming into Friday.

Why Tommy Hanson won:

- Threw a first-pitch strike to 78.6 percent of batters faced (second highest of career: 80.8 on Sep 26, 2009).
- Threw his fastball for strikes on 76.8 percent of pitches (highest of career).
- Had better command of his slider as hitters went 0-5 (first 4 starts 11-33).
- Threw 16 curveballs, 11 for strikes and struck out three of seven batters. Hanson has struck out 6 with the curve in his past two starts (three in first three starts).
- Third time in five starts this season with no extra base hits allowed (three in 21 starts last season).

Why Barry Zito won:

- Held Rockies hitters to 0-6 with 4 K with his curveball. In five starts in 2010, Zito has not allowed a hit with the curveball (0-35) with 11 K.
- Threw 38 pitches inside, getting hitters to miss on 41.7 percent of the pitches and record zero hits in seven at-bats.
- Finished off batters when getting two strikes as Rockies were 1-15.

Hitter of the Night:

Austin Jackson, DET: 5-5, 5 1B, 2 R


Austin Jackson vs Fastballs and Offspeed Pitches This Season

Jackson finishes his hot April with a 5-5 night with 5 singles in the Tigers 10-6 victory over the Angels. Jackson is now batting .364 overall but it's the fastball that the rookie has really excelled at hitting. Of his 36 hits, 27 have come off the fastball, including 4-4 on Friday night.