Bits: Jonathan Sanchez strikes out 12

Updated: September 17, 2010, 11:16 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

San Francisco Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez struck out 12 Los Angeles Dodgers over seven strong innings Thursday, winning his 11th game. Sanchez continues to aid fantasy owners, and this is a career high in wins, but maybe one of these years the flamethrower can win 15 or more games.

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook shut down the San Diego Padres over eight shutout innings Thursday, but it was only his second win in nine starts with the NL club. Westbrook has pitched well for the Cardinals, with eight quality starts and a 3.26 ERA; with the Cleveland Indians he posted a 4.65 ERA. Where Westbrook pitches in 2011 is critical to his success.

Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona tossed seven strong innings of two-run ball and for the seventh consecutive start induced 10 or more ground ball outs. Carmona, who took a shutout into the seventh inning but allowed a pair of solo home runs, sports a 3.81 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Those who gambled on Carmona, who had been awful since 2007, were rewarded.