Best Pitcher Performance, No. 7: Glasnow Fans 12 in Extra-Inning Victory

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INDIANAPOLIS – Tyler Glasnow’s success in the minor leagues has not gone unnoticed. After his 2017 season was split down the middle between the big leagues and Triple-A, the 24-year-old sports a 45-21 record and jaw-dropping 2.02 ERA in 118 minor league games (117 starts). His mid-to-upper-90s heater and sharp breaking ball often baffled IL hitters this past season, and it’s only a matter of time until his results translate against major league batters.

The right-hander was electric in 15 starts for the Tribe recording seven double-digit strikeout games en route to a team-high 140 punchouts, the most by a Tribe pitcher since Mark Gardner whiffed 175 in 1989. On July 30 against Pawtucket, Glasnow was at his best.

The California native unleashed his fastball against the PawSox from the get-go, striking out the side in both the first and second innings on nothing but heat. He sat down Pawtucket’s 1-2-3 hitters on 98, 98 and 97 mile-per-hour fastballs, with the second punchout of the looking variety. He then went with 94, 100 and 96 mile-per-hour gas in the second to erase the heart of Pawtucket’s lineup.

In the third Glasnow picked up his seventh straight strikeout to begin the game with an 81-mph curveball. He then induced a pair of weak fly-ball outs to right to end the frame.

Glasnow’s bid at perfection continued until a Brian Bogusevic infield single with one down in the fifth. Glasnow erased him with a pickoff and caught stealing that was sandwiched by strikeouts No. 8 and 9.

Glasnow retired the first two batters in the sixth on strikeouts before a two-out single off the bat of Tim Roberson. A comebacker ended that inning.

His outing ended in the seventh on a one-out RBI double by Bryce Brentz that leveled the score at 1-1. He settled for a no-decision as Indy went on to win the game in 12 innings, 3-2.

Glasnow’ final line: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 102 pitches/72 strikes.

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