Oklahoma lefthander John Danks started tonight’s game by striking out the first two Omaha batters. It was a sign of what was in store for the Royals.

Danks, the PCL’s youngest pitcher, has finished his night, handing a 3-0 lead to Josh Rupe after six shutout innings in which he scattered four hits, didn’t walk anyone, and punched out eight.

The first seven to go down on strikes went down swinging. Five of the future big leaguer’s strikeout victims were onetime big leaguers.

Danks is in line to win his second AAA game in three tries and has his RedHawks ERA down to 2.00. In 18 Oklahoma frames, he’s permitted 10 hits (.161 opponents’ average) and six walks, fanning 17.

He’s good.

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