Kyle Gibson struck out nine Astros on his way to a four-hit complete game shutout.

This is what makes baseball so great. It’s totally unpredictable. 

Nobody in the entire free world—no man, woman or child—could have ever predicted Kyle Gibson would pitch a complete game shutout.

In 202 previous starts, he had never pitched a shutout. He’d had only two complete games.

He came into the game with the second-worst ERA among all pitchers with enough innings pitched to qualify for such a thing. The Rangers had won only four games all season on the road. Gibson had won just one game all season. And, Gibson gave up a double in the ninth.

There was absolutely no way in the world Kyle Gibson would do what he did. Or be allowed to do it.

But he did it.

A 1-0 Rangers win. A complete game shutout for Kyle Gibson. A huge boost of confidence from his manager.

Baseball makes no sense. That’s what makes it so great.


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