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Late Night with starting pitchers

While you were probably sleeping -- and while I was spending most of my time watching Kings-Canucks Game Four -- there were some pretty amazing pitching performances going on late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning on the West Coast.

In San Francisco, the Giants pulled out a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Phillies in a game that, incredibly, only took 2 hours, 27 minutes to play. Cliff Lee went 10 innings for the Phillies but got a no-decision. Matt Cain went nine for the Giants.

Some wacky notes on Lee's outing:

---It was the fifth 10-inning outing by a starter of the century, the first since Roy Halladay and Aaron Harang went 10 in 2007.
---It was the first 10-inning scoreless outing since Mark Mulder for the A's in 2005.
---It was the first 10-inning outing by a Phillie since Terry Mulholland in 2003 and the first in the big leagues to not result in a win since Bret Saberhagen in 1994.

Meanwhile, in Anaheim, Bartolo Colon threw eight shutout innings as the Athletics posted a 6-0 win over the struggling Angels. No biggie normally. Except he threw 38 straight strikes at one point in the game, the most recorded since official pitch-by-pitch charting began in 1988 (Tim Wakefield threw 30 in 1995). Colon finished with 108 pitches and 82 strikes to improve to 3-1. Think the Yankees could still use him?

If you want to see all 38 strikes, MLB.com has the video here. And pitch 39 was somehow called a ball by plate umpire Marvin Hudson when it was right down the middle too. Pretty funny to listen to how the A's announcers got into the run of strikes the last 10 pitches or so.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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