Comments on: Most earned runs allowed in a complete game http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: David in Toledo http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6319 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:27:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6319 I'd like to know more about Bob Feller's 8-run CG on September 30, 1957, the last day of the season. Was this some sort of backhanded tribute to his career, or was management trying to make sure he would retire more-or-less willingly?

Feller finished 0-4 for this last season. He had not pitched since Sept. 15, when he had his other CG (loss, of course) for the year and gave up 5 runs.

In this final appearance (Sept. 30), the onetime strikeout king had zero K's.

Why not take Feller out? The day before, Art Houtteman had given up another 8 runs in 6 innings and was then relieved. These Cleveland pitchers had not thrown in a week: Lemon, Garcia, Mossi, McLish, Daley, and Maglie (assuming none was injured and all were on the active roster). The Indians finished 9 games behind the Yankees (in second place, as usual). Al Lopez resigned and moved to Chicago. Had Feller been badgering Lopez for more chances?

It seems a funny way to end the career of (arguably) your greatest player.

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By: Tom Clancy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6317 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:00:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6317 Mike Norris had a 148 ERA+ in a season when he gave up 8 and 10 runs in two games? Must have had a heck of season otherwise.

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6311 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:48:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6311 No! I mis-read the box, Rodriguez' homer was a 7th-inning solo shot to complete a 3-RBI day; Mo Vaughn put it away with his two-run homer in a 3-run 8th. Sorry.

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6310 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:44:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6310 Hentgen's game was interesting in that he threw only 103 pitches. He was 'in' it, trailing only 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th, when Tony Rodriguez (remember him? me neither) hit his only Major League home run, a three-run shot, to blow it open. Hentgen ended up taking it for the team as Tom "Flash" Gordon was virtually unhittable in completing the shutout.

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6309 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 17:37:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6309 Norris was part of Billy Martin's staff that threw 94 CGs that year. I guess it was one of Martin's 'manhood' gimmicks that resulted in several shortened careers. Anyway, Norris was cruising with a 7-2 lead. The Brewers added two in the 5th and 1 in the 8th to trail 7-5. It wasn't quite as unusual then -- especially for Oakland -- to let the starter try to finish it. Even when the Brewers loaded the bases with one out, Norris was just a ground ball away from the win, but Ben Oglivie then hit a 9th inning grand slam to turn the game, followed by a Gorman Thomas solo shot for the final margin.

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By: ZimJim http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1297/comment-page-1#comment-6306 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 14:44:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=1297#comment-6306 How about Phil Neikros 11 inning complete game. he gave up 8 runs and the braves lost the

at first i thought neikro just had a rough first inning or two before setlling down for the last 9 innings, this was not true. he scattered 7 runs over the first 6 innings. I supoose he stayed in only because the braves offenseanswered for the priates offense.

I also think that these games would be a lot more in number prior to say 1940 when relief pitching was used virtually never

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