Jump to content

Sign in to follow this  
RedRamage

Weird question of the day: Non-perfect, minimum batters faced?

Recommended Posts

So here's the question: Has there every been a game where a pitcher threw a complete game and only faced the minimum number of batters, but did NOT get a perfect game?

In other words, the pitcher either walked or allowed hits, but any base runners were erased off the bases (like caught stealing, thrown out trying to stretch a hit into extra bases, double play, or picked off).

My guess is given the huge number of games played that this probably happened at some point, but just curious.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

35 minutes ago, RedRamage said:

So here's the question: Has there every been a game where a pitcher threw a complete game and only faced the minimum number of batters, but did NOT get a perfect game?

In other words, the pitcher either walked or allowed hits, but any base runners were erased off the bases (like caught stealing, thrown out trying to stretch a hit into extra bases, double play, or picked off).

My guess is given the huge number of games played that this probably happened at some point, but just curious.

The post at the bottom of this link lists a bunch of them. 

https://www.baseball-fever.com/forum/baseball-almanac-baseball-fever-website/baseball-fever-exclusives/253-almost-perfect-perfect-games

Jack Morris did it for the tigers in 1990. 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This game, for example: https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1990/B08150PHI1990.htm

Top of the 7th: 

GIANTS 7TH: Parker reached on an error by C. Hayes; Anderson grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Parker out at second]; Clark grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 0 LOB. Giants 0, Phillies 6.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember watching the Odalis Perez game in 2002. I was living in LA at the time and had Perez on my fantasy team, so I was tuned into that particular dodgers game. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't remember the pitcher, but a few years ago a pitcher threw a no hitter where the only baserunner was a walk to Sosa who got picked off. This was when Sosa was a Ranger. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/12/2019 at 1:18 PM, RedRamage said:

So here's the question: Has there every been a game where a pitcher threw a complete game and only faced the minimum number of batters, but did NOT get a perfect game?

In other words, the pitcher either walked or allowed hits, but any base runners were erased off the bases (like caught stealing, thrown out trying to stretch a hit into extra bases, double play, or picked off).

My guess is given the huge number of games played that this probably happened at some point, but just curious.

On June 23, 1917, Babe Ruth walked the first batter and was removed or thrown out of the game for arguing with the umpire.  Ernie Shore came in in relief, the baserunner was caught stealing, and Shore retired all 26 batters that he faced. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And the Harvey Haddix 12 innings of perfection, only to loose the game in the 13th inning on a throwing error by Don Hoak and a double from Joe Adcock

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not directly relevant, as it didn't involve a perfect game or a no-hitter or facing the minimum, but the subject of facing the minimum made me think of Red Barrett's famous feat  in which he threw the fewest pitches in a complete game.  In August 1944, he threw a complete-game two-hitter and didn't walk anyone or strike anyone out, and threw just 58 pitches -- an average of just 6.4 pitches per inning.  He won 2-0, and the game took only an hour and 15 minutes to play.  

(Apparently that is still the record for the shortest night game.  The shortest nine-inning Major League game ever was in 1919 -- 51 minutes.) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...