If you are looking for a great game of pitching, on both sides, you could do worse than the starts put up by Trevor Cahill and Duensing tonight. Trevor Cahill is another guy who doesn't get talked about a whole lot on the national networks, so you are forgiven if you did not know that he went into this game against the Twins "with the second lowest ERA in the American League (2.56) while holding opponents to a league-low .192 batting average." And lived up to that billing in his seven innings.
Dave Campbell, of The Associated Press, who is paid to care about such things (unlike ESPN anchors), has noticed that Duensing has been good, real good, when asked to be a reliever, and when he's asked to be a starter: "Duensing posted a 1.67 ERA in 39 appearances as a reliever. He is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in five starts since the switch, raising his career record as a starter to 8-1."
And in this game, when he knew the bullpen was kind of shagged out, and he was going against a guy in Cahill who hadn't given up a Earned Run in 28 innings, Duensing was dominant. The phrase "complete game shut-out" certainly suggests dominance, but it doesn't actually give Duensing enough credit. Between 3 hits, and 2 walks, the A's had five base-runners all night. Only one got to second, and he got picked off. Duensing (103) threw fewer pitches than Cahill (107), even though Cahill went seven innings to Duensing's nine. And the hits Duensing gave up, all three of them, were scattered over the first 3 innings--he threw no-hit baseball for the last six innings of the game. It was a damn impressive performance. And you'll barely hear about it on your TV, because it has been nearly 5 minutes since they let you know what Tiger thought of his shitty, shitty putting today.