The Stat Line of the Night — 9/14/10 — Derek Lowe
On the morning after a Monday night, the obvious place to look for a great stat line are the football games, right? Not last night, as both games did not produce any spectacular performances (outside of the defenses, which did step up big). In baseball, however, the Atlanta Braves got a much needed win on the shoulders of their pitcher, Derek Lowe.
Lowe’s terrible record against the Nationals, 1-6 in 9 starts with a 5.44 ERA, did not stand in the way of his performance last night. With the Braves needing to eke out every win they can to stay close in the NL East, Lowe came up big. He pitched 8 scoreless innings while scattering 6 hits and giving up no walks. His 12 strikeouts were a new career-high as well. The Braves closer Billy Wagner came into the game in the 9th and rode Lowe’s wave of dominance, striking out all 3 batters he faced.
The Braves are in a tight race in the NL East. They stand one game back of the Philadelphia Phillies with only 17 games to play. Any loss could possibly tank their chances at winning the division, and Derek Lowe was not about to let it happen on his watch. His great start earns him “Stat Line of the Night” honors, as well as helping his team keep their division crown hopes alive.