Games with a “Pi Day” Flavor to Them

Wednesday is 3/14, known in some circles (all puns intended) as “Pi Day“.  As Wikipedia states:

Pi Day is a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (or 3/14 in month/day date format), since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form.

At the VORG, we love pi (and pie for that matter).  Last year we offered up the Pi Young Award to celebrate those pitchers that compiled a 3.14 ERA (or the closest to it) in a season/career.

Some folks have trouble memorizing the value of pi and instead use the approximation 22/7, because:

π is an irrational number, which means that its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction having integers in both the numerator and denominator (unlike 22/7). Consequently, its decimal representation never ends and never repeats. π is also a transcendental number, which implies, among other things, that no finite sequence of algebraic operations on integers (powers, roots, sums, etc.) can render its value;

Today, the VORG is going to honor Pi Day by presenting the games in MLB that have ended 22-7.

Date ▴ Tm Opp Rslt
1936-07-29 (1) BRO STL W 22-7
1987-06-03 CHC HOU W 22-7
2001-07-21 LAD COL W 22-7

On July 29, 1936, in the first game of a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, the host Dodgers jumped on Cards starter Roy Parmalee for three runs in the first, five in the third.  St. Louis nicked Van Lingle Mungo for a run in the top of the fourth. Then the Dodgers knocked Parmalee out with a run in the fourth, and wailed on reliever Ed Heusser for 13 runs (8 earned) on 11 hits and three walks over the next five innings.  Meanwhile Mungo tired in the seventh yielding three more runs, and Tom Baker picked up the final eight outs giving up three runs of his own.  Buddy Hassett was the hitting star for the Dodgers, with two triples and five ribbies.  Fun fact: there were 28 hits in the game, but no homers.

The next 22-7 result came nearly 51 years later on June 3, 1987, as the host Chicago Cubs teed off on the Astros’ Bob Knepper.  Chicago sent 12 men to the plate and hit three homers in a nine-run first inning knockout of Knepper.  Dave Meads and Julio Solano each pitched three innings in relief of Knepper, yielding five and eight runs respectively.  Meanwhile, the Cubs’ Rick Sutcliffe labored through five innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and six walks.  Ed Lynch and Dickie Noles held the Astros off the board the rest of the way.  Keith Moreland drove in seven for the Cubs (including a grand slam).  Fun fact: Chicago scored in each of the first seven innings.

On July 21, 2001, at the pre-humidor Coors Field, the Dodgers’ Eric Gagne (in his days before he became a shutdown closer) and the Rockies’ Denny Neagle (in his first season of a big free agent deal with Colorado).  Neagle allowed five in the first.  Gagne allowed five in the second.  Both were gone by the sixth.  The bullpens were the real difference here. The Dodgers pen went three innings, no runs, three hits and one walk.  The Rockies?  3.2 innings, 13 runs, 13 hits and two walks.  Fun fact: The Dodgers went 11-16 with runners in scoring position and had five players with at least three hits.

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5 Responses to Games with a “Pi Day” Flavor to Them

  1. A game that scored the first 9 digits of pi would total 36 runs. According to Baseball-Reference, the last game to reach that Halcyon figure was August 12, 2008, when Boston squandered a 10-run, 1st-inning lead against Texas before coming back to win 19-17. (Starters were Charlie Zink (BOS) and Scott Feldman (TEX); they absorbed 20 combined runs in 7 innings of work.)

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