The name of the game these past couple of years has been the Three True Outcomes: homers, strikeouts and walks. Last night those outcomes were pretty hard to find in the Mariners-Padres game.
Padres starter Jacob Nix gave up one homer — Nelson Cruz jacked one in the ninth inning — but he didn’t strike out a single batter nor did he walk a soul. This after pitching into the ninth inning. In so doing he became the first pitcher to go more than eight innings without a punch out or a free pass in over four years. The last guy to do it: Rick Porcello, who did it on July 1, 2014, when he shut out the Oakland A’s as a member of the Tigers. The Mariners did end up striking out once, when Kirby Yates K’d Kyle Seager to end the game, but that was it.
I presume someone will be fining Nix this morning for his transgressions against the modern game. Either that or praising him for fighting fascism.