In what was the most dominant performance of his career so far, Scott Feldman picked up his 13th win against the Rays. Feldman pitched 7 shutout innings on 4 hits, 2 BBs, and (a career-high) 11 Ks. His previous career-high was 7 Ks.
Not to say I called it or anything, but I have noticed Feldman has been missing more bats of late. I made a point of mentioning this in my last 2 posts about Feldman. Coming into today, he had 21 Ks in his last 24 2/3 innings. Crunch the numbers, and it is now 32 Ks in his last 31 2/3 innings.
Feldman also made a nice defensive play to record the last out of the 7th inning. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Feldman got out of the jam by inducing a chopper up the middle from Willy Aybar. Feldman couldn't quite snare it, but he knocked it down behind him. He then recovered and made an off balance throw to 1st to get Aybar.
This was Feldman's 9th road win of the year. He lowered his WHIP to 1.25 and his ERA to 3.87.
Kevin Youkilis was 1-4 with 1 double (his 30th) and 1 run scored against the Yankees.
Ian Kinsler was 1-4 with 1 double (his 22nd) and 1 run scored against the Rays.
Ryan Braun was 1-3 with 1 SB (his 12th) against the Nationals.
Sam Fuld was 1-5 against the Dodgers.
Gabe Kapler was 0-2 against the Rangers. Feldman struck him out twice.
Craig Breslow gave up a hit to the 1 batter he faced.
John Grabow picked up his 18th hold of the season. He pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief against the Dodgers. He issued 1 BB. His ERA is now 2.88.
Josh Whitesell was optioned to Triple-A Reno yesterday to make room for prospect Brandon Allen. In 108 ABs this year, Whitesell's line was .194/.346/.287 for an OPS of .633. Not good. In his defense, a lot of those ABs came as a pinch hitter. It would have been nice to see him get consistent starts and playing time, but that was not the case.