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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Special K’s: Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout night is an ode to efficiency - The Washington Post

This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.

So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box score has been matched just four other times in nine innings. But also in difficult-to-capture ways. Yes, his start was marred by solo homers to Jose Iglesias and J.D. Martinez. But forget all those frustrating nights, screaming at the TV, pleading with a pitcher to throw strike one. Scherzer faced 33 hitters Wednesday. He started 24 of them with a strike.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Arrieta can join these six pitchers who threw two no-hitters in one season

The game was historic before Johnny Vander Meer even threw a pitch. It was the first regular season game played under lights at Ebbets Field. The game was preceded by great fanfare. There was a fife and drum corps that marched on the field, a parade of local politicians and officials of the power company who had installed the lights, which at the time were the most powerful lighting system at any sporting venue. Olympic champion Jesse Owens performed in a series of sprinting competitions that were set up on the field, and a record crowd of more than 40,000 crammed the tiny ballpark, which seated only about 38,000. Thanks to all of the pre-game hullabaloo, the first pitch wasn’t thrown until almost nine-thirty.

Ryan’s second no-hitter of ’73 was arguably the best of his seven. He was dominant: striking out 17 Tigers batters while walking four. In the bottom of the ninth, one out away from his no-hitter, Ryan faced Norm Cash, who felt so hopeless against Ryan that he brought a table leg to the plate to face the righthander.


 

 

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