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August 31, 2009 1:06 AM

Zack Greinke gives up one hit, throws one-hitter

Repeated for the sake of our friends at the BBWAA.

It had been a very long time since Zack Greinke had supreme command of all four of his pitches, but today, he was absolutely unhittable.  And today, he wasn't just unhittable, but was economical with his pitch count, making it the distance in only 113 pitches.

The line: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

The strikeout total seems a bit low for a Greinke start, but quite the contrary, Zack needed a start like this.  He needed to get a start where his defense was behind him completely.  And he did: 16 of the first 17 Seattle hitters put the ball in play, and the Royals defense somehow managed to retire 15 of them.

From that point, Zack completely took over the game.  Not one hitter got solid contact on him, as he was even throwing his knee-buckling 68-mph curve for strikes.  It didn't even matter that he wasn't really getting much run support, when he throws like this, he's unbeatable.

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Hitter of the game:  Alberto Callaspo

He broke out of his slump with a lead-off double that started the three run fifth inning for the Royals.  It would be all the offensive help Greinke would get.  Then again, the game was over once Callaspo scored.

Pitcher of the game: Cy Young

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I would like to get a game recap up for a pitcher not named Zack Greinke, but really, what have we missed?  Lets hope Hochevar goes out and dazzles.

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