15Ks + 1 Grand Slam = History

During Friday night’s Twin’s/A’s matchup, Minnesota pitcher Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters.  Liriano’s career high in Ks had been 12, and the Twins staff had been last in the Majors in strikeouts in 2012 to that point (by over 50 Ks).  So this was a big deal.

But it was also a quirky deal, as Liriano also allowed a grand slam homerun amidst punching out those 15 batters.   In doing so, he became the FIRST pitcher to strike out 15 and allow a grand slam in the SAME game.

Here are the games in which a starting pitcher K’ed at least 15 while allowing at least one homer (of any kind) and four runs (to allow for possibility of a grand slam):

Player Date Opp Rslt IP R SO HR
Francisco Liriano 2012-07-13 OAK L 3-6 8.0 4 15 1
Randy Johnson 2001-09-27 MIL W 13-11 6.2 5 16 1
Randy Johnson 2001-08-23 PIT L 1-5 7.0 4 16 1
Randy Johnson 1997-07-18 KCR W 5-4 9.0 4 16 1
Randy Johnson 1997-06-24 OAK L 1-4 9.0 4 19 2
Steve Carlton 1981-09-16 (2) NYM L 4-5 8.0 5 15 1
Nolan Ryan 1978-04-24 SEA L 5-6 9.0 4 15 1
Nolan Ryan 1976-08-18 DET W 5-4 10.0 4 17 1
Nolan Ryan 1974-04-30 BOS W 16-6 9.0 6 15 2
Steve Carlton 1969-09-15 NYM L 3-4 9.0 4 19 2
Bob Gibson 1968-08-24 PIT L 4-6 9.0 6 15 1
Pedro Ramos 1963-07-31 (2) LAA W 9-5 8.1 5 15 2
Sandy Koufax 1960-05-28 CHC L 3-4 13.0 4 15 1
Sandy Koufax 1960-05-06 PHI L 1-6 9.2 5 15 2
Dick Drott 1957-05-26 (1) MLN W 7-5 9.0 5 15 2
Paul Foytack 1956-07-28 WSH L 5-6 9.0 6 15 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/15/2012.
(Hat-tip to Brian C. for the heads-up on this.)

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