Stat Line Of The Night — 9/5/11 — Zach Stewart
You may not remember, but Zach Stewart was a centerpiece in the trade that sent pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays, who then flipped him to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Colby Rasmus (in addition to others not worth mentioning). So who won that trade you ask? Edwin Jackson has looked pretty good in a Cards uniform, going 4-2 with a 3.44 ERA in eight starts since the trade. Colby Rasmus has recorded a terrible .216 average since joining the Jays, and currently finds himself on the 15-Day DL with a jammed wrist. And Stewart? Well he just so happened to flirt with a perfect game in only his eighth career Major League start.
The newly acquired 24-year-old White Sox pitcher was nearly perfect, as he retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced. Stewart entered the eighth inning with his perfect game still in tact, but it was finally broken up by Danny Valencia, who started the inning with a lead-off double. But that didn’t seem to bother Stewart, as he retired the following six batters in order, finishing with nine strikeouts and a one-hit complete game shutout, en route to the 4-0 victory.
It may still be too early to determine who the winner of that trade between the Jays, White Sox and Cards was, but if Stewart’s performance last night is any indication, it appears as though Chicago may have gotten themselves a good bargain on the young righty, who earns out “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, September 5, 2011.