On Wednesday, Aaron Cook threw just 74 pitches in a nine-inning game. Although it doesn't have pitch data for all the games since 1957, PI does have pitch counts for a ton of games, and here are the pitchers with the fewest pitches thrown in a 9+ inning CG. I should hold-off until Cook's 74-pitch gem is in the database, but I just can't wait!
Not only is Cook tied with walkaphobic Carlos Silva for fewest pitches in a CG, but also note that Cook's game is just the eighth known game in the retrosheet-era in which a pitcher's gone the distance but required less than 80 pitches.
According to the record books, Red Barrett needed only 58 pitches to throw a nine-inning complete game on August 10, 1944, which is believed to be the record. I doubt anyone will come close to matching that anytime soon.
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