1. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros. He fanned a career-high 12 batters in recording his third career shutout and second of 2015. Most impressively, manager A.J. Hinch left him in after the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate. Yes, pitchers can still throw complete games!
"You look in his eyes, it's hard to take Dallas Keuchel out," Hinch said.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) June 26, 2015
Dallas Keuchel is only the 6th pitcher in the last 50 yrs w/ a 12-K shutout vs the Yankees (Carpenter, Colon, Finley, Clemens, McDowell).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 26, 2015
Motion: When a team gets dominated by @kidkeuchy, it's referred to as "Hitting for the Keuchel." Seconded?— Thickie Don (@AstrosCounty) June 26, 2015
2. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets. The pitching line against the Brewers says it all: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO. An efficient 100 pitches, his fifth start of the season with no runs allowed, and now a 2.15 ERA. Can you say All-Star? Can you say a much-needed result for the Mets, who snapped a seven-game skid? Six of his seven strikeouts came with his fastball. Nothing fancy in this game. See if you can hit it. The Brewers couldn't.
Pretty clear Jacob deGrom is headed to All-Star Game. Only question is whether Jeurys Familia goes with him.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 25, 2015
3. Washington Nationals starters. Doug Fister tossed seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory over the Braves as the Nationals went an entire trip through the rotation without allowing a run. That's 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless frames, setting a franchise record, breaking the old mark of the 1981 Expos. The erratic Nationals have now won six in a row to climb back up to seven games over .500.
4. San Francisco Giants triple their fun. Four of the Giants' 19 hits were triples in their 13-8 win over the Padres. The Giants became the second team with four triples in a game this season -- the Twins did it on June 14 -- and did it for the first time in franchise history since Sept. 15, 1960. A guy named Willie Mays hit three that day.
Brandon Belt: "When I can sniff a triple, I'm going to turn it on and use those long giraffe strides." #sfgiants— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) June 25, 2015
5. Sean Conroy. Conroy, a pitcher for the Sonoma Stompers of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs, is the first active openly gay professional baseball player. Conroy, who had recorded four saves as a reliever, made his first start on Thursday and threw a complete-game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Conroy went 6-2 with a 1.87 ERA for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Division III school, this year. Great job, Sean. FYI, the Stompers are the team being run by writers Ben Lindbergh of Grantland and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus. The team is off to a 16-3 start!