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By Scott Barancik, editor

During his nine years in the majors, Scott Feldman has never pitched a complete game. He has struck out more than 7 batters only once, an 11-strikeout performance with the Texas Rangers, back in 2009.

That is, until Wednesday night (5/1/2013).

In perhaps the most dominant performance of his career, the 30-year-old Chicago Cub struck out 12 batters and retired 18 in a row early on to cap a 6-2, complete-game victory over the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field (see video). Feldman not only limited the Padres to two earned runs on three hits and one walk, he helped his own cause by smashing an RBI double into the right-field corner (see video). It was just his second double and second RBI in 29 MLB at-bats.

Despite his towering height, the 6-foot-7-inch right hander has never been a strikeout artist. Wednesday night’s dozen matched his total output from all four prior starts this season.

Feldman debuted with the Rangers in 2005 and stayed in Texas until joining the Cubs this season. Wednesday’s complete-game win improved his record to 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA.

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