Comments on: Mailbag: Least plate appearances by a winning team http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106441 Sun, 17 Apr 2011 02:54:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106441 @3 wrote:

I think the least amount of plate appearances in an official game would be 52, 27 for the visitors, 25 for the home team. That would be a game where the pitcher for the home team threw a perfect game while the home team only scored one run by a Home Run.

My comment:

The home team's pitcher would not need to throw a perfect game. However, all batters that reached safely would have to be out on the basepaths in plays in which another batter doesn't reach safely - double play, caught stealing, etc.

The home team's lone run would not have to be a solo homer, either. It could be a triple followed by a sacrifice fly or a grounder to the right side (with less than two out, of course). Or after tripling, the runner could score via a wild pitch, passed ball, balk, or steal of home. Or it could be something like the lead-off batter in the inning reaching first by any means, stealing second, getting bunted over to third, and then scoring by any of the ways already mentioned.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106438 Sun, 17 Apr 2011 02:49:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106438 That Dodgers-Giants game probably got overshadowed in baseball news that day by the end of Ripken's streak.

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By: James http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106199 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:54:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106199 @1, Yes, nicely done. I spent about a minute thinking about whether I could do something like that, and decided it wasn't ideal because games can last an infinite number of innings. Now that I've read these comments and spent another minute thinking about it, that wasn't much of a reason. The formula would encompass games going 16+ innings where the winner had as many as two plate appearances over the minimum, except that (a) that's never happened, and (b) if it had, it'd probably be a game worth making a note of anyway.

Oh well. Thanks for posting this.

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106189 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:16:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106189 Hats off to you, James! You've unearthed a very nice gem. The game in question was way off my baseball radar until you brought it back to life.

@1
Raphy, nice touch with the Player Index in adding the extra one eighth to three BF before mutliplying by the IP. Clever!

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By: spycake http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106175 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:10:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106175 My first thought was this game:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIN/MIN200508230.shtml

But I forgot about the Joe Mauer walk (the one that wasn't erased by a double play). Still, 26 PA and win is pretty good!

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By: John Q http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106154 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:44:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106154 @10, Arthur,

That's a crazy boxscore! Bob Hendley's day gets complete lost in Koufax' perfect game.

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By: Arthur Robinson http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106123 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:29:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106123 The closest I can think of for John Q's 52-batter game was on september 9, 1965, when 53 batters came to the plate in a 9-inning game:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1965/B09090LAN1965.htm

Sandy Koufax pitched a perfectgame but only came to bat twice. The winning Dodgers (the home team) had only two baserunners, one LOB. It could easily have been a 52-batter game (see the Dodgers 7th).

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By: Gary W http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106121 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:25:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106121 Honrable mention has to go to the Dodgers and the Cubs on September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax's perfecto. The Cubs brought 27 to the plate, and they all went down in order. The Dodgers brought 26 batters to the plate. 53 batters total.

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By: John Q http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106102 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:27:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106102 Correction @3, The Pirates didn't hit into a double play they performed a double play on the Braves when Pendleton struck-out and Don Slaught threw out Blauser at second.

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By: Spartan Bill http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10720/comment-page-1#comment-106097 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:22:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10720#comment-106097 July 30, 1971

The Orioles were up 1-0 over KC after 4 and a half innings (at home of course) when the game was called because of rain.

Dick Drago was the losing pitcher. He allowed a solo HR to Frank Robinson in the 1st, but was othwerwise perfect.

So with the 13 PA the Orioles had the least plate appearances by a winning team.

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