The Stat Line of the Night – 8/15/10 – Kevin Slowey
Had it not been for an elbow injury sustained earlier in the month, Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Kevin Slowey may have very well been the sixth hurler this season to record a no-hitter (or seventh, if you wish to include Armando Galarraga’s should-be perfect game). Unfortunately it was not meant to be. Slowey finished the seventh inning without allowing a single hit against the Oakland Athletics, but with his pitch count at 106 after sitting out four games with an elbow injury, manager Ron Gardenhire decided it was best to let the bullpen take over and save Slowey’s arm for another day.
While that decision may turn out to be a favorable one down the road, it was met with boos from the fans at Target Field yesterday afternoon, especially after Jon Rauch (Slowey’s replacement) gave up a hit to the second batter he faced in the eighth inning. Slowey’s final line would read seven innings pitched, five strikeouts, three walks, zero earned runs and zero hits. He would not earn the no-hitter on this day, but he did earn the 4-2 victory, and “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, August 15, 2010.