King Felix Shuts Down Brewers

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Felix Hernandez was simply dominant on Sunday afternoon as he threw eight scoreless innings in a victory over the Brewers. He gave up four hits, a walk, and racked up nine strikeouts. The 2010 Cy Young Award winner improved to 12-5 on the season, and 7-1 over his last 13 starts. With the win, Hernandez is now 3-0 in four starts against the National League this year. He has pitched at least seven innings in each start, and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any Interleague game this season. Hernandez had a rare non-quality start in his last outing, but was able to bounce back on Sunday.  Hernandez will take an AL-leading 2.28 ERA into his next start against the Rangers on Saturday in Texas. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Clayton Kershaw lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.88 with eight innings of three-hit ball and he had a two-run single. Kershaw allowed two runs-one earned and struck out eight to help the Dodgers complete their seventh series sweep of the season.
  • Martin Perez became the youngest Texas Ranger in more than 20 years to throw his first career complete game Sunday in the Rangers 6-1 defeat of the Astros. Perez allowed just one run on four hits over nine innings while striking out eight.
  • Stephen Strasburg threw his first career complete game on Sunday as the Nationals defeated the Phillies. Strasburg needed just 99 pitches and scattered four hits and a walk while striking out 10 Phillies. Strasburg now has a 2.37 ERA over his last five starts and seems poised for a huge finish to the season.
  • Adam Jones went 2-for-4 and belted his 24th home run of the season on Sunday as the Orioles won again in San Francisco. Jones hit a three-run shot off in the ninth inning off Barry Zito.
  • Alex Rios went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Astros and is now 4-for-7 in the first two games since joining the Rangers. Rios is having a solid year and now that he is playing meaningful games down the stretch look for him to put up solid numbers.
  • Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run and finished with three total RBI in the Braves’ win over the Marlins on Sunday. In his last ten games, Freeman is batting .350 with 8 RBI.
  • Cody Ross (right hip) was diagnosed with a dislocated right hip after he  was carted off the field in the first inning Sunday against Mets. It is very possible that Ross is done for the season.
  • Grant Balfour earned his 30th save this season as the A's defeated the Blue Jays. It was a shaky outing for Balfour, but he entered the 9th with a 6-3 lead and gave up just one run. He's converted 30-of-31 save chances this year.
  • Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) will be activated from the 60-day disabled list today. Ludwick has been out since Opening Day, but was cleared to return after completing a minor league rehab assignment. It would not be surprising for Ludwick to struggle as he continues to get his timing at the plate back, but he is worth adding in a formats.