Singles – 16′s and Over, Put the Squeeze on Mariners

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell passed along a note about Friday night’s Royals/Mariners game:

“… check out Brandon Maurer’s line last night: 7.1 IP, 14 hits (all singles!), 0 BB, 0 K. #zerotrueoutcomes”

Lo and behold, a check of the boxscore showed the following:

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Brandon Maurer, L (1-1) 7.1 14 6 4 0 0 0 34
Charlie Furbush 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Tom Wilhelmsen 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 5
Team Totals 9 16 6 4 1 2 0 42
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Generated 5/10/2014.

Maurer did in fact face 34 men, walked no one, struck out no one, and allowed 14 hits . . . all singles!  The relievers did combine to walk one and strike out two, but the two hits they allowed were ALSO singles.  So, we have a lot of things to check . . .

  • There have only been 185 instances of a starting pitcher facing at least 34 batters without yielding a homer or walking or striking out anyone (hence the “zero true outcomes”).  Taking it a bit further, here are the four most recent instances of those who didn’t allow any extra-base hit in that particular game:
Player Date Tm Opp IP H R ER BB SO BF
Brandon Maurer 2014-05-09 SEA KCR 7.1 14 6 4 0 0 34
Mike Caldwell 1979-04-05 MIL NYY 9.0 7 1 1 0 0 34
Randy Jones 1976-05-30 SDP SFG 10.0 7 3 1 0 0 38
Jack Fisher 1961-05-12 BAL CLE 9.0 7 2 1 0 0 34
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Generated 5/10/2014.
  • Here are the games in which a starting pitcher has yielded at least 14 hits, all of them singles:
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H
Lefty Grove 1929-08-14 PHA CLE W 5-3 17.0 20
Fabian Kowalik 1936-09-23 BSN BRO L 6-8 9.0 18
Jack Quinn 1923-07-05 BOS PHA W 7-5 9.0 18
Al Mamaux 1919-09-27 BRO BSN L 6-14 8.0 17
Pete Alexander 1920-10-01 CHC STL W 3-2 17.0 16
Hal Carlson 1919-08-15 (2) PIT BSN L 2-3 14.1 16
Jesse Barnes 1919-04-23 NYG PHI W 10-7 9.0 16
Red Faber 1917-09-04 CHW SLB W 13-6 9.0 16
Larry Jansen 1949-05-04 NYG PIT W 11-4 9.0 15
Rip Sewell 1944-06-30 (1) PIT NYG L 5-7 8.0 15
Red Ruffing 1927-07-04 (1) BOS PHA L 2-10 9.0 15
Jesse Barnes 1926-06-21 (2) BRO BSN W 6-4 9.0 15
Brandon Maurer 2014-05-09 SEA KCR L 1-6 7.1 14
Tom Poholsky 1956-08-03 STL BRO W 11-8 6.1 14
Mickey Harris 1949-05-04 BOS DET L 1-5 5.2 14
Al Hollingsworth 1937-10-01 CIN PIT L 3-6 8.0 14
Danny MacFayden 1936-06-07 BSN CIN W 8-3 9.0 14
Jim Weaver 1934-09-19 CHC PHI L 4-5 8.0 14
Tommy Thomas 1927-06-03 CHW BOS W 5-1 9.0 14
Ted Lyons 1924-09-18 CHW BOS W 7-3 9.0 14
Jack Quinn 1923-09-29 (1) BOS NYY W 5-4 9.0 14
Jesse Haines 1920-09-16 (2) STL BSN L 3-4 8.1 14
Jim Bagby 1919-09-06 CLE CHW W 11-2 9.0 14
Bill James 1919-06-30 (1) BOS NYY L 4-7 8.0 14
Dick Robertson 1918-08-21 BRO STL L 1-3 8.0 14
Claude Hendrix 1914-09-19 CHI BAL W 7-6 9.0 14
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Generated 5/10/2014.
  • The Mariners’ pitchers allowed 16 singles and no other hits.  Here are the other games in which a team gave up at least 16 hits with none of them being for extra bases:
Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H
1988-06-03 CIN LAD L 5-13 8.0 22
1929-08-14 PHA CLE W 5-3 17.0 20
1973-05-24 NYM LAD W 7-3 19.0 19
1992-09-11 BOS DET W 7-6 9.0 18
1984-07-08 STL LAD W 8-6 12.0 18
1984-05-10 NYY CLE W 7-6 16.0 18
1978-09-10 BOS NYY L 4-7 9.0 18
1973-06-18 ATL LAD L 3-13 8.0 18
1947-09-03 (1) BOS NYY L 2-11 9.0 18
1936-09-23 BSN BRO L 6-8 9.0 18
1923-07-05 BOS PHA W 7-5 9.0 18
2004-08-31 DET KCR L 8-9 8.2 17
1993-04-11 STL CIN L 3-4 9.0 17
1986-04-30 PIT SFG L 5-6 11.2 17
1985-06-11 ATL SFG L 4-5 18.0 17
1982-06-19 BAL NYY L 3-4 15.1 17
1982-05-03 LAD NYM L 3-6 12.0 17
1979-08-06 TOR KCR L 12-16 9.0 17
1979-05-31 LAD SFG W 12-10 9.0 17
1970-09-08 CAL KCR L 0-12 8.0 17
1969-05-30 (1) CHW WSA L 4-5 9.2 17
1966-05-14 SFG NYM L 4-11 8.0 17
1959-07-10 CHW CLE L 4-8 9.0 17
1953-08-23 (1) CHC MLN L 2-10 8.0 17
1919-09-27 BRO BSN L 6-14 8.0 17
2014-05-09 SEA KCR L 1-6 9.0 16
2011-04-03 CHC PIT L 4-5 9.0 16
2002-08-20 KCR TOR W 6-5 12.0 16
1985-07-09 TOR SEA W 9-4 13.0 16
1975-08-02 ATL SDP W 8-6 15.0 16
1974-08-18 CAL MIL L 2-5 9.0 16
1971-06-04 OAK WSA W 5-3 21.0 16
1971-05-01 PIT SDP W 5-4 11.0 16
1970-07-12 PIT STL W 7-6 10.0 16
1970-07-06 HOU LAD L 8-10 10.0 16
1964-05-07 CHC SFG L 6-7 8.0 16
1953-06-12 (2) PIT MLN L 2-11 9.0 16
1943-05-22 NYY CLE L 2-9 8.0 16
1920-10-01 CHC STL W 3-2 17.0 16
1919-08-15 (2) PIT BSN L 2-3 14.1 16
1919-04-23 NYG PHI W 10-7 9.0 16
1917-09-04 CHW SLB W 13-6 9.0 16
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Generated 5/10/2014.
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3 Responses to Singles – 16′s and Over, Put the Squeeze on Mariners

  1. bob tinsman says:

    Along these lines, Giants just got 4 hits, all doubles, while losing to Marlins 5-0: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN201405130.shtml
    All doubles is rarer–what is the maximum all-doubles game? How about all-triples, and of course, all-homers?

  2. bob tinsman says:

    Oops, forgot about that one…doh, not so special!

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