Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Did you see what Luis Cruz did last night?

Seriously. We mentioned it in the PreStros Morning Report, but for the love of God, look at the Box Score

San Antonio - who entered the game one game up on Corpus - got straight dominated by Cruz, who was making his second start for the Hooks after getting called up from Lancaster last week.

So let's set the table. Cruz - the Astros' 9th Round pick out of Academia Santa Monica in Puerto Rico back in 2008 - threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out 14 batters. 79 of his 109 pitches were for strikes. He retired first ten batters, then gave up back-to-back singles in the 4th, then he got the next three before walking one. He picked him off, and then retired the next 13 batters in a row. So in addition to the CGSHO, he struck out 14 of the 29 batters he faced. The 14Ks tie a franchise record, initially set by Xavier Cedeno.

But let's keep in mind that Cruz has a career-high 10.3 K/9 this season - having struck out 129 batters in 113.1IP in Lancaster. His previous high for strikeouts in a game this season was 9 - at Modesto - and his previous high for strikeouts in a game was 10, on July 29, 2010 for Lexington.