Winning ball games is better.
May 22nd, 2006 -- Jake Peavy strikes out 16 Brave's batters en route to a San Diego Padres franchise record to 18 total team strike outs. Jake Peavy also allows only one fly ball all night. That fly ball was deposited in to the stands for a Ryan Langerhans 2-run HR. Braves win 3-1. Sportscenter and Baseball Tonight drool over Peavy's performance and hardly whispers a breath about Smoltzie's dominance through 7 innings.
This reminds me of the Cliff Lee game earlier this year when he struck out 16, lost the game and proceeded to be featured on every damn media outlet and portrayed as if he was the top performer of the night. Meanwhile, Tim Hudson throws a 1 hitter two nights before and gets over-looked and overshadowed (Liriano's no hitter didn't help) and Derek Lowe takes a no hitter into the 7th inning of that night and hardly gets noticed. Where's the love America?
Whatever, I guess I'll take our veterans flying under the radar and inducing DP ground balls while out performing all the strike out pitchers that get so much recognition.
Oh, and Ryan Langerhans, lol.. with a name like that and the respective career that follows you know this game really sticks out in Peavy's head.