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Jacob Nix pitches into the ninth without striking out or walking a batter


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.



Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).