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Low-Hit Game in Minnesota Saturday: Swarzak vs. Weaver

Posted by John Autin on May 29, 2011

Last night in Minneapolis:

  • Twins RHP Anthony Swarzak did not allow a hit until Peter Bourjos doubled with 1 out in the 8th inning. Francisco Liriano already has a no-no for the Twins this year. The only no-hitters by Twins righties were by Scott Erickson in 1994 and Dean Chance in 1967.
  • Swarzak, Matt Capps and Alex Burnett held the Angels to 1 hit in 10 innings. Since 1919, there have been just 16 games of 1 hit or less in 10+ innings.
  • Jered Weaver allowed 2 hits in 9 scoreless innings, while Swarzak allowed 1 hit in 8 IP. Since 1919, there have been just 34 games in which both starters went 8+ IP and allowed 2 hits or less.

Minnesota finally broke through in the 10th with 4 straight hits against Hisanori Takahashi and Kevin Jepsen.

Team Pitching Games of 10+ IP Allowing 1 Hit or Less, 1919-2011:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR WP Pit Str IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS
1 2011-05-28 MIN LAA W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 121 81 0 0 33 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2010-07-22 PHI STL W 2-0 11.0 1 0 0 2 9 0 0 131 89 0 0 35 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 2005-05-31 CHC LAD W 2-1 10.0 1 1 0 3 12 0 0 165 103 0 0 36 31 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
4 1997-07-12 PIT HOU W 3-0 10.0 0 0 0 3 11 0 0 139 84 0 0 34 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 1995-06-03 MON SDP W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 0 9 0 1 112 75 1 0 31 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 1993-09-09 ATL SDP W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 1 12 0 0 134 91 0 0 32 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 1986-08-20 PHI SFG W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 0 0 32 30 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
8 1986-07-22 HOU MON W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 4 15 0 0 2 0 35 31 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 1982-10-01 NYM PHI W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 6 7 0 0 37 30 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
10 1976-06-21 TEX OAK W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 4 8 0 0 36 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
11 1975-05-19 SDP STL W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 34 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
12 1965-09-19 PIT PHI W 1-0 10.0 1 0 0 5 12 0 0 37 31 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
13 1965-08-19 (1) CIN CHC W 1-0 10.0 0 0 0 10 12 0 0 40 28 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
14 1962-05-22 NYY LAA W 2-1 12.0 1 1 1 7 2 0 0 0 0 43 34 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
15 1959-05-26 PIT MLN L 0-1 12.2 1 1 0 1 8 0 0 40 38 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
16 1934-09-18 SLB BOS L 1-2 10.0 1 2 1 7 9 0 0 41 34 0 0 0 0
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Generated 5/29/2011.

Both SPs Going 8+ IP on 2 Hits or Less, 1919-2011:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 MIN LAA 2011-05-28 2
2 SDP SEA 2009-06-16 2
3 STL MIL 2009-05-25 2
4 TOR OAK 2004-07-20 2
5 NYY TBD 2003-06-18 2
6 LAD MON 1994-07-05 2
7 CLE KCR 1992-07-23 2
8 CHW SEA 1987-09-13 2
9 NYY CHW 1987-05-05 2
10 MON SFG 1986-09-07 2
11 PHI NYM 1982-10-01 2
12 PHI SFG 1980-09-02 2
13 LAD HOU 1980-04-19 2
14 BAL BOS 1978-09-06 2
15 CIN SDP 1975-07-03 2
16 CHC SDP 1974-06-19 2
17 NYM LAD 1969-06-04 2
18 MIN WSA 1968-08-26 (2) 2
19 DET BAL 1967-04-30 (1) 2
20 NYM PHI 1966-06-28 2
21 CHC LAD 1965-09-09 2
22 KCA BAL 1964-09-12 2
23 CIN MLN 1964-09-11 2
24 CIN CHC 1964-06-30 2
25 CHW LAA 1963-04-13 2
26 NYY CHW 1959-07-17 2
27 CLE CHW 1956-04-19 2
28 SLB CHW 1953-04-16 2
29 CLE SLB 1952-04-23 2
30 BSN CIN 1951-05-15 2
31 BOS DET 1946-06-25 2
32 BOS CLE 1944-07-31 2
33 DET CHW 1940-05-11 2
34 PHA SLB 1927-08-06 (2) 2
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Generated 5/29/2011.

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8 Responses to “Low-Hit Game in Minnesota Saturday: Swarzak vs. Weaver”

  1. JA, both lists are really interesting.

    I have a feeling that we may be seeing more qualifying games on both lists this year.

    That makes me want to crunch some numbers and see just how much run-scoring is down this year compared to previous ones. Everybody's talking about the decline of offense and the rise of pitching but I'm not sure how steep the offensive drop-off actually is .

    What brought 2011 offensive decline into focus for me was thinking that my local team was one of the worst in the AL offensively but then seeing that they were fourth best in RPG this year behind only Boston, New York and Cleveland.

    And that doesn't include their 13-run outburst today.

    Perhaps previous-years' offensive standards no longer apply and all home-town fans think their team is under-performing at the plate!

    Just had to check the fourth game on the second list and was surprised to find it was an amazing 14-inning affair that ended at 1-0 with a total of 11 hits.

    Nine of the hits occurred in the ninth and extra innings.

    Interesting that there were no qualifying games for your first list between 1998 and 2004. Statistical noise or further proof of an unusual offensive outburst in that era?

    Either way, it was an amazing game between LAA and Minnesota, the kind that makes you sorry "some one had to lose".

  2. John Autin Says:

    Neil, on a random tangent re: the Jays' 13-run outburst today:
    Until I saw the box score, I didn't realize that not only was Aaron Hill (26 HRs last year) without a HR before today, but also Edwin Encarnacion (21 HRs last year). And they connected back-to-back in the 1st inning!

    It was the first HR in 38 games for Hill. His longest homer drought in 2009-10 was 14 games.

    Encarnacion had gone 37 games without a HR, all this year. He closed the 2010 season homering in 4 straight games.

  3. @2
    JA, yes an unusual combined HR drought.

    Aaron Hill has been the victim of "bad luck" this year in some of his swings, but he has also left a boatload of runners on base and has popped the ball up a lot (without power) in his at bats. He has consumed a lot of outs both last year and this. Arencibia hit ahead of him in the line up today.

    Edwin "Stone Hands, Wild Arm" Encarnacion is unplayable at any position in the field. The Jays even tried him at 1B for a game, with disastrous results. Look at his combined position fielding percentage.

    Jayson Nix broke an 0-47 (I think) slump for Toronto third baseman by getting a couple of hits today. And that at a "power" position.

    The Brett Lawrie watch is on because of the offensive black hole that is the Jays' 3B position. Supposedly, management wants Lawrie to improve his K/BB ratio at Las Vegas before calling him up.

    There is speculation that the team may eat Encarnacion's contract when Lawrie comes to the big show.

  4. DoubleDiamond Says:

    It's interesting that the two earliest games in the first list were both losses for the team that allowed one hit or less in 10+ innings, while the rest of them were victories. That second earliest game, of course, was the famous Harvey Haddix "perfect game".

  5. Only two no-hitters on the first list, though two other games (1995 Pedro Martinez and 1959 Harvey Haddix) were perfect through 9.

    The more recent no-hitter ended on a walk-off HR, which kinda makes me wonder what the heck would have happened in the Haddix game if Adcock's hit was with 2 out. Also, could Aaron have been called out for leaving the basepaths, making the final score 2-0 rather than 1-0 as Adcock would have been allowed to score? Wow, I've been going on for a while here.

  6. Johnny Twisto Says:

    That makes me want to crunch some numbers and see just how much run-scoring is down this year compared to previous ones.

    Not sure what you're looking to crunch but a simple answer can be found here:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/bat.shtml
    4.18 runs per game, lowest since 1992 (4.12). Down a run since the 2000 peak.
    (N.B., those who proclaim this due to STEROIDS: Scoring dropped more than a half-run from 2000 to 2002, more than it has dropped from 2002 to now.)

  7. John Autin Says:

    @4, DoubleDiamond -- And the 1934 game was by the legendary Bobo Newsom, the first of 5 CG 1-hitters in his career. He never did get a no-hitter.

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