Looking Back on Miguel Gonzalez's Only Other Complete Game Shutout
Sept. 4, 2014
Miguel Gonzalez tossed a complete game shutout versus the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. It was the Orioles' third complete game of the season. Chris Tillman had a complete game shutout versus the Kansas City Royals on May 16 and Kevin Gausman had a rain-shortened complete game versus the New York Yankees on July 13.
Wednesday's outing was historic for Gonzalez as it was his first career complete game and first career shutout. He's never experienced this level of success at the big league level. His only other complete game, also a shutout, came for the Arkansas Travelers, an Anaheim Angels affiliate, on July 11, 2007.
Gonzalez was 23 years old and in his third season in the minors when he recorded that original complete game shutout. He allowed three hits, struck out three, and walked three as part of a 7-0 Travelers victory against the Tulsa Drillers. It was the first season that Gonzalez worked as a starter after previously appearing in relief roles.
"I was trying to be aggressive every inning," Gonzalez said after that 2007 win. "I had a good fastball and my off-speed pitches were working well, especially my slider."
Gonzalez finished the 2007 season 8-4 with a 3.38 ERA for Arkansas. He teamed with the late Nick Adenhardt, who Gonzalez honored in his first major league start, and future Orioles teammate Darren O'Day. O'Day finished 26 games for the Travelers in 2007 and tied for the team lead for saves with 10.
Gonzalez signed with the Orioles as a free agent in 2012. The Red Sox picked him up from the Angels in the 2008 Rule 5 draft and released him in 2011. O'Day went from the Angels to the New York Mets in the 2008 Rule 5 draft. The Texas Rangers picked him up off waivers in 2009, and the Orioles did the same in November 2011.