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Pitcher Strikes Out 15 but Teammate Earns Win

On June 8, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Florida, the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team shut-out the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0. Seattle's ace pitcher Felix Hernandez recorded 15 strikeouts (a personal best) but was taken out after seven scoreless innings because his pitch count had reached 100. Seattle's reliever Yoervis Medina pitched the eighth inning and was credited with the win because the Mariners scored all five of their runs in the top of the ninth inning. Two more Seattle pitchers (Dominic Leone, and Charlie Furbush) faced the Rays in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the shut-out.

In the next morning's official box score, Felix Hernandez was not credited as the winning pitcher. Instead, all of his efforts—his seven solid innings of pitching and his 15 strikeouts—were merely labeled a "no decision." One of his teammates, a player who pitched only one inning, got the official win. But Hernandez laid the foundation for the team's win. Then his fellow teammates combined their efforts for the win. It reminds me of that great quote by President Harry Truman (also attributed to Ronald Reagan), "There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit!"

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