Drew Pomeranz had a career night Monday at Oracle Park. Unfortunately for the Giants starter, he still came away with his eighth loss of the season.
In five innings pitched, Pomeranz matched a career high with 11 strikeouts. It's the third time in his nine-year career that he's struck out that many batters in a game.
But that's not even the best stat regarding Pomeranz's 11 strikeouts against the Rockies.
pic.twitter.com/2v9omlPvnD— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) June 25, 2019
That's right. Pomeranz did something that no other Giants pitcher had accomplished in 126 years.
"I was just thinking attack," Pomeranz told the media after the Giants' 2-0 loss to the Rockies. "Didn't want to walk guys, even though I did walk guys. Some of the other guys had three-pitch strikeouts, so that helps balance things out."
Pomeranz walked just two batters. He pitched well enough to win, but his one mistake - a two-run homer allowed to Rockies outfielder David Dahl - cost him.
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"He had good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the media. "His curveball got better as he went. Had a good fastball going tonight, good life on it, and I think it showed on the strikeouts."