Scott Kazmir won his first game since Sept. 19, 2010 last week, as the Cleveland Indians topped the Minnesota Twins. After beating the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon, the left hander has now won his first back-to-back starts since June 12 and 18, 2010.
Kazmir tossed six innings, surrendering only a single run on five hits and striking out 10 batters for the first time since Aug 26, 2009, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels. The Indians starter looked terrific on the mound, hitting his spots and pitching effectively. The 29-year-old tossed 103 pitces, 72 of which for strikes.
Kazmir was selected 15th overall by the New York Mets during the 2002 June Amateur Draft and has had a roller coaster career in the bigs. After the lefty was forced out of the game due to nagging injuries, it seems the former first-round pick and MLB All-Star is back in the big leagues making a splash.
Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds all helped with home runs during Kazmir’s second win of the season, with Reynolds crushing his league-leading 11th home run in the fifth inning. Although Kazmir only needed two runs to help him win the game, having the nine runs of support is always something that a starting pitcher can appreciate.
The Indians moved to 18-14 on the season with Thursday win, while the Athletics moved to 18-18.