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Friday, May 10, 2013

Alex Cobb fans 13 in 4 2/3 innings

Harold Reynolds: “This is what happens when the umps start calling the high strikes!”

Alex Cobb struck out 13 in fewer than five innings and Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece to help the Tampa Bay Rays rally for a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

Cobb became the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth. The right-hander left after throwing 117 pitches. He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts — four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base.

The other outs were recorded on grounders to shortstop in the first and third base in the fourth.

The Padres struck out 18 times overall.

Repoz Posted: May 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM (#4440257)
A real man would have thrown a complete 25K game.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM (#4440274)
Baseball, everyone!
   3. McCoy Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM (#4440285)
I've had fantasies where I strike out something like 25 batters during a 9 inning complete game.
   4. Austin Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM (#4440288)
He threw 5.1 pitches per batter. That's, um, not very efficient.
   5. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:54 AM (#4440291)
He needs to pitch to contact?
   6. Guts Posted: May 11, 2013 at 01:19 AM (#4440308)
Shelby Miller retired 27 in a row tonight. Good night to pitch.
   7. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 11, 2013 at 02:25 AM (#4440317)
I wonder if Ron Necciai can do a Bob Feller "back in my day" impression.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: May 11, 2013 at 03:12 AM (#4440322)
Hmmm ... event finders don't seem to include reaching base by K ... was wondering the best-pitched games when that happened (or happened twice if that's too long a list). But while farting around with something else, I discovered this:

In his ML debut, JR Richard K'd 15 (complete game).

Karl Spooner also did it in Sept 1954 and followed it with 12 in his second start. Two complete game shutouts, 27/6 K/BB ratio. He shoulda called it quits there cuz he only threw 100 good IP the next year and I assume got hurt (fewer than 30 minor-league games after that).

   9. Jim Wisinski Posted: May 11, 2013 at 03:40 AM (#4440327)
He threw 5.1 pitches per batter. That's, um, not very efficient.


I only heard the first 2-3 innings but I know early on he was having a lot of trouble with hitters fouling balls off.

Really strange performance.
   10. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 11, 2013 at 05:18 AM (#4440332)
San Diego - Top of 3rd SCORE
Alex Cobb pitching for Tampa Bay SD TB
W Venable struck out swinging, W Venable safe at first on wild pitch by A Cobb. 2 0
C Headley struck out swinging, W Venable stole second. 2 0
W Venable stole third. 2 0
C Quentin struck out swinging. 2 0
W Venable scored on A Cobb's balk. 3 0
Y Alonso struck out swinging. 3 0
   11. villageidiom Posted: May 11, 2013 at 07:45 AM (#4440340)
#10: That's one of those things you could write up just to show it's theoretically possible to give up a run in an inning where all batters strike out, but then dismiss it as too unlikely to ever happen.
   12. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: May 11, 2013 at 08:16 AM (#4440342)
#10. Awesome. I'm going to mention this half-inning next time someone tells me that baseball is boring.

edit: anyone know if that's the first time anyone has scored a run without an error and no batters putting the ball in play?
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: May 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4440351)
4 batters
4 strikeouts
1 run

Wow.
   14. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: May 11, 2013 at 09:11 AM (#4440353)
edit: anyone know if that's the first time anyone has scored a run without an error and no batters putting the ball in play?


No. Mitch Williams had about a dozen of those.

edit: And contrast that inning with the 3 triples, double, 2 singles, 0 run inning.
   15. Dan Posted: May 11, 2013 at 09:40 AM (#4440361)
Shelby Miller retired 27 in a row tonight. Good night to pitch.


Lester also pitched a 1H 0BB CG last night, but his one hit was in the 6th inning.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: May 11, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4440363)
anyone know if that's the first time anyone has scored a run without an error and no batters putting the ball in play?

I assume Jayson Stark is investigating this right now.
   17. hokieneer Posted: May 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4440378)
anyone know if that's the first time anyone has scored a run without an error and no batters putting the ball in play?

And no walks either.
   18. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: May 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM (#4440386)
W Venable struck out swinging, W Venable safe at first on wild pitch by A Cobb. 2 0

WTH. I can see striking out on a passed ball, but a wild pitch?
   19. rlc Posted: May 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM (#4440387)
You've never seen a guy swing at a pitch in the dirt? What team do you watch?
   20. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4440390)
This is getting annoying.
   21. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM (#4440466)
He could have struck out more...

...if he wanted to.
   22. bobm Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4440472)
Alex Cobb has now pitched two of the stranger games in baseball in the last year:

                                                                       
Date          Tm Opp   Rslt  AppDec  IP  H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc BF
2013-05-10   TBR SDP  W 6-3    GS-5 4.2  5 3  3  2 13  2 117  77  53 23
2012-06-25   TBR KCR  L 0-8  CG 8 L 8.0 13 8  8  0  1  1 113  74  25 35
   23. Jose Canusee Posted: May 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM (#4440488)
Cobb and Miller deserve double credit for doing this against someone other than the Astros.
   24. Greg K Posted: May 11, 2013 at 01:26 PM (#4440519)
You've never seen a guy swing at a pitch in the dirt? What team do you watch?

Not likely to happen in a major league game, but there's the old little league trick of taking a token swing at a pitch four feet over your head if you have two strikes on you.

EDIT: I'd guess that about 95% of "dropped third strike" scenarios are technically wild pitches (or would be called as such if they fail to get the runner out). Generally pitches that bounce are called wild pitches right?
   25. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: May 11, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4440602)
If it hits the dirt it's always recorded as a wild pitch, far as I've ever seen.
   26. Jim Wisinski Posted: May 11, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4440616)
You've never seen a guy swing at a pitch in the dirt? What team do you watch?


Hell, that was routine with Victor Zambrano. It's too bad the pitchf/x data wasn't around back when he was with the Rays, it would be interesting to see the data on the slider he threw to RHB. It was ridiculous, it looked like a strike on the lower outside corner and bounced near the LH batter's box. He gets remembered more for the stupid trade the Mets made unfortunately but he's more notable to me as one of the great "what if he had decent control" stories, his stuff was filthy.
   27. Steve Treder Posted: May 11, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4440633)
In his ML debut, JR Richard K'd 15 (complete game).

I attended that doubleheader. Thanks for the miserable reminder.

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