This season, Tampa Bay's James Shields led the American League with 11 complete games; Shields and Texas's Derek Holland co-led the American League with four shutouts.
Neither pitcher added much to their résumés Saturday night in Game 2. Holland lasted only five innings, but departed with a 5-3 lead. Shields gave up all of those five runs in the fourth inning, bounced back with a strong fifth, but got pulled with no outs in the sixth after giving up consecutive singles to Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz.
Cruz's single came on Shields' 100th pitch, at which point Joe Maddon came out and removed Shields in favor of hard-throwing lefty Jake McGee.
McGee's first batter was pinch-hitter Craig Gentry, who moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. McGee's second batter was Mitch Moreland, who took a fastball in the middle of the back. This was notable for a couple of reasons: 1) it loaded the bases, and 2) it was the first time in 2011 that McGee had plunked a batter.
Which brought Maddon from the dugout again, and Juan Cruz into relieve McGee.
Ian Kinsler slapped Cruz's first pitch into right field for a two-run double, and it's beginning to look like a rout...
Cruz did retire Elvis Andrus on a checked-swing liner to first base and, after intentionally walking Josh Hamilton, struck out Michael Young on a slider to escape further damage.