Two of the best young arms from the Sunshine State were bright on Thursday afternoon. Anibal Sanchez shook off his recent struggles to one-hit the Giants in a 5-0 Marlins win. David Price countered with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings as the Rays beat the Tigers, 4-2.
The two young hurlers were both very effective, doing so with a different arsenal of pitches.
How Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez one-hit the Giants:
• Threw 40 sliders out of 118 pitches (33.9 percent; second-highest this season); set season highs with 12 outs recorded, eight swinging strikes and six strikeouts.
• Despite season-low 11 first-pitch strikes (41.4 percent), threw 72.2 percent strikes when behind in the count and induced six groundball outs (seven total) when behind.
• Threw nearly a third of his pitches (30.5 percent) in the down-and-away zone, which yielded eight of his 14 swinging strikes and four of eight strikeouts; hitters were 0-10 in this zone and are 2-27 over his last six starts.
How Rays starter David Price defeated the Tigers for his 14th win:
• Dominated with fastball: Threw 98 of them out of 115 total pitches (85.2 percent), the second-highest rate of the season. Four of the Tigers' big hitters (Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Brennan Boesch) saw 53 fastballs and only five off-speed pitches between them.
• Threw 43 pitches on the outside edge of the plate, including 38 fastballs. Detroit hitters missed with 32.8 percent of all swings (a season-high for Price's opponents) and 30 percent against fastballs away.
• Went to only four 2-0 counts, and no 3-0 counts, the entire game. The Tigers managed only two singles with two strikes against them, and were 1-for-11 with runners on base.