Going into the last game of the season David Gonos needed two of three things to happen to pass Fred Zinkie:
David Price gets the win.
His hitters (Pierzynski, Martin and Loney) to hit two homers
His hitters (Pierzynski, Martin and Loney) to score two runs
Zinkie’s only defense was Ian Kinsler. If he scored a run, Gonos’ hitters would need to score three.
But it didn’t happen. David Price was masterful, got the win, shutting down Texas hitters, and Loney didn’t power the Tampa offense. Fred Zinkie held on for his second championship in three year!
In other news, David Gonos did set a new league record for strikeouts, breaking Tim Heaney’s 2011 record.
While Fred Zinkie of all people set new league records for ERA and WHIP, eclipsing David Gonos’ (2010) and Nick Minnix’ (2011) records.