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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sanchez, Price walk on sunshine

Two of the best young arms from the Sunshine State were bright on Thursday afternoon.  Anibal Sanchez shook off his recent struggles to one-hit the Giants in a 5-0 Marlins win. David Price countered with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings as the Rays beat the Tigers, 4-2.

The two young hurlers were both very effective, doing so with a different arsenal of pitches.

How Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez one-hit the Giants:
" Threw 40 sliders out of 118 pitches (33.9 percent; second-highest this season); set season highs with 12 outs recorded, eight swinging strikes and six strikeouts.
" Despite season-low 11 first-pitch strikes (41.4 percent), threw 72.2 percent strikes when behind in the count and induced six groundball outs (seven total) when behind.
" Threw nearly a third of his pitches (30.5 percent) in the down-and-away zone, which yielded eight of his 14 swinging strikes and four of eight strikeouts; hitters were 0-10 in this zone and are 2-27 over his last six starts.

How Rays starter David Price defeated the Tigers for his 14th win:

" Dominated with fastball: Threw 98 of them out of 115 total pitches (85.2 percent), the second-highest rate of the season. Four of the Tigers' big hitters (Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Brennan Boesch) saw 53 fastballs and only five off-speed pitches between them.
" Threw 43 pitches on the outside edge of the plate, including 38 fastballs. Detroit hitters missed with 32.8 percent of all swings (a season-high for Price's opponents) and 30 percent against fastballs away.
" Went to only four 2-0 counts, and no 3-0 counts, the entire game. The Tigers managed only two singles with two strikes against them, and were 1-for-11 with runners on base.