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Pirates’ Paul Skenes Continues to Wow MLB Fans After Dominating Cubs, Striking out 11 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 17, 2024

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Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes built upon his promising MLB debut with a strong performance against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

In his second career start, Skenes struck out 11 batters compared to just one walk in six innings of work without allowing a hit. He was dominant from the beginning of the game, striking out each of the first seven batters that he faced.

MLB fans were amazed by Skenes, who now owns a 2.70 ERA through two starts.

MLB @MLB

Double-digit Ks for @Paul_Skenes ⛽ pic.twitter.com/2lGCgunIuf

MLB @MLB

100th pitch 🤝 100 MPH strikeout

Make it SIX no-hit innings for Paul Skenes! pic.twitter.com/gNtaKC3xNJ

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Paul Skenes is almost certainly done for the day. Here is what happened in his second major league start, facing the Cubs:

6 innings
0 hits
0 runs
1 walk
11 strikeouts
100 pitches
67 strikes
22 swings and misses

Pittsburgh has a monster. And Jared Jones is right there with him.

Thomas Nestico @TJStats

Paul Skenes was absolutely dominant today, firing 6.0 IP of No-Hit Baseball with 11 K!

His entire arsenal had Cubs batters dumbfounded. His fastball is unbelievable. Skenes generated 22 whiffs on the day on a 40.7 Whiff%.

He looks as advertised. He is already an ace! pic.twitter.com/DbkeVvREhq

Bryce Spalding @bryce_spalding

Paul Skenes is absurd.

MLB @MLB

Paul Skenes is on pace to strikeout 27 today …

Six batters, six strikeouts. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/obSuXLYdeq

Alex Stumpf @AlexJStumpf

I’ve covered two no-hitters. Paul Skenes just pitched the best game I’ve ever seen live.

Tim Williams @TimWilliamsP2

Paul Skenes in his second start: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K, 100 pitches, 67 strikes. #Pirates pic.twitter.com/Up6M4InjqM

B/R Walk-Off @BRWalkoff

Paul Skenes. SHOVING. 😤

6 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 11 K

Hit 100 MPH on his 100th pitch ⛽ pic.twitter.com/okHZ5sn7Hh

Although the Cubs ended the Pirates’ no-hit bid with a single off relief pitcher Carmen Mlodzinski in the seventh inning, it didn’t make Skenes’ second MLB start any less promising.

The 21-year-old became the first Pittsburgh starter to ever record 11 strikeouts in a game at Wrigley Field, doing so in a mere six innings (via MLB Stats). Of his 100 total pitches on Friday, 67 were strikes.

He was also given some run support, as the Pirates took a commanding 8-0 lead prior to his exit.

Before he was called up by the Pirates on May 8, Skenes was listed as the No. 1 pitcher and No. 4 overall prospect in Bleacher Report’s April MLB prospect rankings.

Although the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft didn’t have a spotless debut, he showed off the tools that have impressed fans and analysts alike. During his first career start on May 11, Skenes racked up seven strikeouts in four innings despite allowing six hits and three earned runs.

He’ll look to continue his impressive play throughout his rookie season and help the Pirates potentially contend for a postseason spot, as Pittsburgh entered Friday’s action at No. 3 in the NL Central with a record of 20-25.

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