All about 1-0 Games

Saturday was quite a day for shutouts.  There were seven of them, including four by 1-0.  The record for shutouts on a single day is eight (June 4, 1972, when a total of 16 games were played).  The four 1-0 games tied the all-time record for the most in one day (September 18, 1915 which included Federal League games, and September 2, 2001).

The last 1-0 game of the day, in which the Cubs defeated the Giants, ended on a bases-loaded 3-2-3 DP.  Thanks to the Baseball Reference Play Index, I found the only other game that ended in such a manner, and it also involved the Giants.

But back to the 1-0 games . . . the Cubs/Giants game was decided on a homer in the top of the ninth.  That got me thinking as to the distribution of runs by top/bottom of each inning, and how many of those single runs came via the long ball.

There have been 3,441 1-0 shutouts of at least nine innings (with inning-by-inning scores available) between 1911 and 2012.  Of these, 713 (20.7%) had a homer represent the single run.

Here is the half-inning breakdown of the runs scored in 1-0 shutouts, with homer information also provided.  No surprise to see the third inning being the worst for scoring in these types of games:

V/H INN COUNT HR
V 1 139 24
H 1 229 26
V 2 149 44
H 2 201 58
V 3 88 7
H 3 152 25
V 4 144 36
H 4 218 46
V 5 115 25
H 5 158 35
V 6 130 34
H 6 190 47
V 7 135 39
H 7 181 50
V 8 137 27
H 8 188 35
V 9 162 42
H 9 243 41
V EXT 165 38
H EXT 317 34
TOTAL 3441 713

 

 

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