Stat Of The Day: Eleven Strikeouts, No Walks

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 9: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers talks with Jonathan Lucroy #20 during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on May 9, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The fact that the Brewers lost today's game is obviously the big story, which is a shame because it's going to attract attention away from a truly dominant performance from Zack Greinke. Greinke pitched eight shutout innings today and allowed just two hits, retiring 24 of the 26 batters he faced.

Greinke struck out eleven batters today for the first time as a Brewer (it's the sixth time he's broken double digits for the Crew), becoming the first Milwaukee pitcher to reach that mark this season. He also didn't walk a batter, making him the tenth pitcher in franchise history to record eleven or more strikeouts without a walk:

Pitcher 11 K, 0 BB Games
Yovani Gallardo 2
Dave Bush 2
Jamey Wright 1
Steve Woodard 1
Ben Sheets 1
Ruben Quevedo 1
Jim Lonborg 1
Teddy Higuera 1
Chris Capuano 1
Zack Greinke 1

Among the pitchers on that list Gallardo and Quevedo are the only others who received a no-decision in their games. Wright took the loss in his.

Greinke's six double-digit strikeout games as a Brewer are the fourth most in franchise history, behind only Teddy Higuera, Yovani Gallardo and Ben Sheets. Today was the fourth eleven-strikeout game of his career and his first since June 13, 2010.

He deserved better.

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