Former Tech Pitcher Throws another Gem|
Sept. 24, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech pitcher Dallas Braden had another impressive outing last night as he held the American League West leading Texas Rangers to one hit in eight innings of work during the Oakland Athletics' 5-0 series-opening victory in Oakland.
Braden pitched for the Red Raiders in 2004 when he went 6-4 with a team-leading 17 starts. He logged 98.2 innings with a team-high 93 strikeouts with one complete game. Tech went 40-21 that season and advanced to the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Braden, who threw the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history against Tampa Bay on May 9, also shutdown the Rangers in Arlington on Aug. 28, when he delivered a complete-game four-hit shutout while throwing 120 pitches (86 strikes).
His performance on Thursday was another gem. After allowing an infield single to Nelson Cruz in the first inning, Braden retired 19 consecutive batters before issuing two walks to start the eighth inning. He battled out of that frame with three straight outs.
Braden finished the night striking out nine batters and allowing three walks. He threw 114 pitches with 75 for strikes.
On the season, Braden is 10-13 with a 3.49 ERA in 180.2 innings pitched. He has five complete games, two shutouts and 108 strikeouts in 28 starts.