Lowry tabbed top NL hurler in August
Giants southpaw allows just three runs in 39 1/3 innings
Of the many young pitchers performing at high levels this season, perhaps none has pitched as well as San Francisco's Noah Lowry.
During the month of August, the Giants left-hander was a perfect 5-0, tying him for the league-high in wins during the month. For his efforts, he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.
Lowry allowed just three runs on 22 hits over 39 1/3 innings with nine walks and 33 strikeouts in those five starts.
"He can really pitch," said Giants manager Felipe Alou. "He has worked hard and is a very smart guy. I [have] got to say that today he is right there striking out people, stopping rallies, fielding his position, getting base hits and challenging hitters."
Other nominees for the award included St. Louis' Chris Carpenter (4-0, 2.17 ERA, 38 strikeouts), Florida's Todd Jones (12 saves, 0.66 ERA), and San Diego's Jake Peavy (4-2, 2.22 ERA, 51 strikeouts).
"Work both sides of the plate, keeping guys off-balance. I'm just happy to be on the run I am and helping the team win games," Lowry said. "I've had five starts this month that I've felt confident in my stuff and able to throw four pitches for strikes."
Lowry is 12-11 with a 3.71 ERA this season, and is 12th in the NL with 153 strikeouts. He's won six straight decisions, with his last lost coming on July 31 at Milwaukee.
According to Alou, one pitch, in particular, is the main reason behind Lowry's recent success.
"That was the best I have ever seen [Lowry] throw -- that one pitch is getting better, and that is bad news for everybody," said Alou of Lowry's curveball after a 5-0 win over the Phillies on Aug. 22.
Lowry struck out at least six batters in each of his starts in August, and tied his season-high with eight strikeouts against the Astros on Aug. 6. He also held opposing batters to a .150 batting average for the month.
"I've said early on, it comes down to consistency and being able to do it inning after inning," said Lowry after outdueling Dontrelle Willis in a 1-0 win over the Marlins in Miami on Aug. 12. "Things are coming together, and I hope to build off it."
Andrew Worob is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.