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Rising star Yovani Gallardo.

9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO.

I absolutely love what’s going on with the Royal’s Zack Greinke and the Brewer’s Yovani Gallardo.

The two young righthanders each pitched complete games tonight. It was Greinke’s second in a row and the first in Gallardo’s short career.

Critics of high pitch counts would argue that both of them should have been removed in the ninth when their pitch counts reached the low 100’s. Furthermore, Gallardo’s game was in a save situation in the eighth, usually an automatic hook for the starting pitcher. Instead, Trey Hillman and Ken Macha elected to leave the two in to finish what they started.

If more managers showed confidence in their starting pitchers and stopped playing with outdated conventions, then we’d have more outstanding pitching performances like we saw tonight. For example, imagine what Johan Santana’s line would have looked like tonight if Jerry Manuel left him in longer than the sixth. Would he have reached 19 K’s? We’ll never know.

Greinke’s scoreless innings streak came to an end tonight as the Tigers scored an unearned run against him. Gallardo’s game against the Houston Astros was his second strong performance in a row.

So good.

9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 10 SO.

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