LA Times' Bill Shaikin breaks down Brandon McCarthy's pitching performance last night. I was at the game, and I viewed McCarthy as terrible and, well, lucky. Turns out he was good as well:
The Dodgers' right-hander became the first pitcher in major league history to give up four home runs in a game in which he walked none and struck out at least 10.Shaikin also notes that McCarthy has given up nine runs this season, eight on home runs.
He ended the evening as the major league leader in home runs allowed -- and in strikeouts. In 12 innings this season, he has given up six home runs and struck out 19.
Way to make history there, Brandon! I will attempt a simultaneous boo/cheer next time you take the mound at Dodger Stadium.