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3+ walks in 0 innings

Posted by John Autin on July 20, 2011

In Detroit Wednesday, David Purcey came on in the top of the 7th against his former team, and walked the only 3 batters he faced. It was the 10th time this year that a pitcher had 3+ walks without retiring a batter. Four of the 10 came in the last week; you probably saw footage of the top one on the list:

1 Carlos Marmol 2011-07-14 CHC FLA L 3-6 9-8 ,BL 0.0 1 5 5 4 0 0 25 7 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 inf -0.831 -3.978 3.138
2 Juan Perez 2011-07-17 PHI NYM W 8-5 8-8 0.0 0 2 2 3 0 0 15 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 inf -0.026 -1.816 .193
3 Michael Wuertz 2011-07-15 OAK LAA W 5-3 6-6 0.0 0 1 1 3 0 0 14 2 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 inf -0.229 -2.044 2.293
4 Marc Rzepczynski 2011-06-06 TOR KCR L 2-3 7-7 ,BS 0.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 13 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 undef -0.320 -1.531 3.927
5 Justin Berg 2011-05-25 CHC NYM L 4-7 2-2 0.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 12 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 undef -0.188 -2.166 2.263
6 David Hernandez 2011-05-20 ARI MIN W 8-7 9-9 0.0 1 1 1 3 0 0 18 6 1 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 inf -0.419 -3.034 3.282
7 Rob Delaney 2011-05-15 TBR BAL L 3-9 6-5 0.0 0 3 3 3 0 0 18 6 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 inf -0.105 -1.818 .895
8 Aroldis Chapman 2011-05-10 CIN HOU W 7-3 8-8 0.0 0 3 3 3 0 0 19 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 inf -0.054 -2.811 .310
9 Michael Crotta 2011-04-10 PIT COL L 5-6 7-7 ,BL 0.0 1 1 1 3 0 0 21 7 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 inf -0.492 -2.521 3.094
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As you might imagine, such an outing rarely bodes well for the pitcher in question, though one has bounced back nicely:

  • Marmol had another rough game the day after this one, and was (temporarily?) relieved of his closing duties.
  • Chapman, Crotta, Delaney and Berg were all sent to the minors soon after the games above.
  • Juan Perez, who had 41 Ks and 21 walks in 31 IP at AAA this year, was mentioned by Andy when he struck out the side on 9 pitches July 8. Perez struck out 3 of 5 batters in his next 2 perfect outings, but then threw 12 balls in 15 pitches against the Mets last Sunday and hasn't pitched since. He has 7 Ks and 5 walks in 4 hitless IP with the Phillies.
  • Hernandez was a setup man back in May. He became the fill-in closer this month with J.J. Putz hurt, and he's been nearly perfect in that role -- 7 for 7 in save tries this month, with no hits and 1 walk in 6.1 IP.

Back to Purcey ... After losing the .195-hitting #8 batter Landon Powell on a full count, he missed with 4 straight to the recent call-up Eric Sogard, and after going 0-2 on Coco Crisp, threw 4 straight balls to load the bases. All 3 would score against Joaquin Benoit, who allowed hits to 3 of his first 4 batters, and the A's went on to a 7-5 win that kept Detroit from seizing sole possession of the AL Central lead.

Purcey, who was dealt from Toronto to Oakland in April and then swapped for 2B Scott Sizemore in late May, had 8 straight scoreless outings with Detroit, but the wheels have come off lately. He has now allowed 23 walks and 31 hits in 32 IP this year. Sogard, the man with 4 career hits whom Purcey walked on 4 pitches, was starting at 2B in place of Sizemore, who was hit in the face by a pitch from Rick Porcello on Tuesday.

58 Responses to “3+ walks in 0 innings”

  1. Patrice Says:

    I remember Berg's outing against the Mets. In many ways, the most (or least) impressive of all of these because he managed to walk three batters on twelve pitches.

  2. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    I haven't watched baseball on TV in a while, so I'll link to what was probably the worst start of Rudy May's career. Pitching against Kansas City at the Big A on Sept. 20, 1972, May's top of the first inning went walk, walk, walk, grand slam, walk, walk completed by the reliever but charged to May. The fourth and fifth batters walked by May both scored, and the Angels lost 9-2.

  3. John Autin Says:

    @2, Kahuna -- Thanks for that link. I notice that the HR was hit by John Mayberry. His career split data on B-R is not 100% complete, but it's entirely possible that it was the only grand slam he ever hit, out of 100 bases-loaded ABs and 255 career HRs.

  4. John Autin Says:

    @1, Patrice -- Yeah, but if he was really wild, Berg could've done it in 10 pitches....

  5. David Frantz Says:

    On April 6, 2002 Miguel Asencio made his MLB debut by facing four batters, walking them all on four pitches. Ouch.

  6. Doug Says:


    Didn't have a blog about Tuesday's games, so I'll throw this one out there. Rajai Davis stole 3 bases, inclduing 2 in the deciding 14th inning, and scored the winning run in Tuesday's Blue Jays win over Seattle.

    Davis becomes only the 3rd player in the game searchable era with 3 SB (nobody has more than 3) after entering the game as a PR. The other 2 are Davey Lopes and Eddie Miller. Miller swiped 49 bags in his career despite reaching base (H+BB+HBP) only 107 times. Lopes game came when he was 40, one of only 5 games of 3+ SB by players aged 40+, two each for Lopes and Rickey Henderson, and a 4 SB game by Kenny Lofton.

    Incidentally, Seattle is 0-2 in the Blue Jays series, despite scoring 5+ runs in both games. Before this series, they were 18-2 in games in which they scored 5 or more runs.

  7. rw01 Says:

    Sizemore may be considered a 2nd baseman by some people but he's been playing 3rd with the A's; Sogard was at 2nd today with Weeks not available, a result of lineup shuffling and just one position player available on the bench.

  8. Timmy P Says:

    I've got a whole bunch of half uncles and aunts over in France.

  9. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Timmy P.

    Are the aunts half aunts as well. You should be specific. And you should go to ANCESTORY.COM, you may be a distant relative to Eric Gagne.
    You should do more research Timpy D.

  10. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    I found this gem from a Hank Borowy on 1951:
    0 IP
    5 H
    4 BB
    1 HR
    9 ER

    I don't know if I am searching correctly, but that seems to be the most base runners with out recording an out.

  11. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    As a Met Fan I remember all the hype surrounding Paul Wilson and Jason Isringhausen and Bill Pulsipher.
    Izzy was the only one to salvage a career.
    But Paul Wilson managed to have two starts for the Reds from July '03 and May '05 that he never got out of the first or frecorded an out. Allowing a total of 15 base-runners.
    I think he is the only player on the search index to come up twice on a IP = 0, BR > 6. The fact he did it in two years says a lot about the need for starting pitching in the 2 aughts.

  12. John Autin Says:

    @8-9, TP/DOF -- I've no clue what's going on there ... but for a minute, I thought the followup question was, "Are the aunts also half-uncles?"

  13. John Autin Says:

    @6, Doug -- Nice research. I had briefly wondered if Rajai's PR/3-SB was rare, but then I dismissed it. Silly me!

  14. John Autin Says:

    By the way, Doug -- I had meant to post about Tuesday's games. But about 5 minutes after writing this passage:

    'Burgh fans, I'm pulling for you. But if you do get to the postseason, be prepared for a steaming bowl of '92 NLCS Game 7 rehash. You just know that ESPN (who will air the Pirates-Braves game next Monday) has the footage cued up and ready to roll; don't say you weren't warned.

    ... I looked up at Baseball Tonight, and honest-to-goodness, they segued from "The Pirates are in 1st place!" right into the clip of Francisco Cabrera's game-winning single.

    It kind of spooked me. 🙂

  15. donburgh Says:

    @14 JA,

    That's true about having to relive Cabrera. But, since, hopefully, Pirate fans will experience a playoff trip in our lifetime, we'll have to deal with it sometime. Better sooner than later!

  16. John Autin Says:

    That's the spirit, Donburgh!

  17. Max Says:

    These don't quite qualify, because outs were recorded, but I find this fascinating nonetheless. 3 times in the last two seasons a reliever walked each of the three batters he faced, but got an out by way of a pickoff/caught stealing. And it's only happened 6 times since 1919. The most recent one was J.C. Romero's in the 11th inning of the 19-inning Reds-Phillies game. Here's the full list:

  18. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    @ Max,

    There should be a way, and I'm sure WAR takes things like this into account, but a way to count the amount of outs (therefore runs +or-) a pitcher gets through 'other' means. i.e. pickoffs, CS, runnersthrown out taking an extra base, guy's leaving third too early on a tag... this all gets me wondering how many "NON BATTED WAYS" a pitcher can record an out.
    I think Andy Pettitte averaged like ten pick offs a year, that sort of thing.

  19. Doug Says:

    @6, @13.

    Eddie Miller, the first player to record 3 SB in a game he entered as a PR, is also in a group of only 5 players with careers (min. 100 TOB) with stolen bases numbering at least one-third of TOB. The other four are Vince Coleman, Miguel Dilone, Larry Lintz and Tom Lawless.

  20. Timmy p Says:

    Duke I went to and looked up your family tree and an orangutan crapped in my face.

  21. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    I hate Uncle Mearle.
    Sorry Timmy.
    He must of been upset.
    Usually he only belches.
    But the fact you shared that with us, well, it just oozes class.

    But speaking of class, can you school me on the events that lead to Duke Snider being arrested then convicted of a felony.
    I know you know I know the story, but hearing you tell it, well, its just like Uncle Mearl... a big load of crap in your face.

  22. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    @ 12 JA,
    Frankly, I have no idea what was going on there as well.
    Timmy P's non sequiturs are the stuff of legend.
    And I've always wanted to be associated with a legend.
    So I often will try and gather as many TPFs (timmy p facts) as I can.
    Even the less flattering ones like his pants off routine at ball games or his cat's whereabouts on days Zambrano pitches or his wife's checking account or his views on tattoos.
    So I needed to know, regardless of where that came from, or why it came out on this thread, Timmy's family tree. It all helps paint the picture of the man.

  23. Timmy p Says:

    Duke Snider was a convicted felon.

  24. John Autin Says:

    Yes, Duke Snider was a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to not reporting money from card shows, etc., on his tax return.

    Obviously, Timmy wishes to shade the story by using that particular phrase -- "convicted felon" -- which, while true, seems needlessly vague; you could say exactly what his crime was in about the same number of words.

    I'm certainly not exonerating Snider for his tax evasion. But I don't like Timmy's smear effort, either. And I certainly hope that every single tax return that Timmy has ever filed is 100% the whole truth -- I'd hate to think he was a hypocrite.

  25. Timmy p Says:

    @24 JA - I used 5 simple words that describe the late Duke of Flatbush. I mentioned it the other day because our own Duke chose to attack me unprovoked as he did here at this thread.

  26. John Autin Says:


  27. Timmy p Says:

    My thoughtful sharing of the fact that I have many relatives in France had absolutely nothing to do with Duke. Duke, however thought it a good opportunity to poke fun and me and stir up some trouble. Shame Duke, now you look silly and have been exposed as having distant relatives that are primates, something that could have been kept from the rest of the baseball loving public.

  28. John Autin Says:

    Hmm ... I guess I don't mind the ad hominem attacks too much, as long as they're pretty funny and not too nasty -- a standard that Timmy and Duke are . more than able to meet.

    By the way, I'd never heard of a "half-aunt" or "half-uncle", so at least I've learned something from this exchange.

    Oh, and just about all of my relatives are primates ... though a few were probably jackasses.

  29. John Autin Says:

    @6, Doug -- Rajai Davis had another fine game as a pinch-runner-plus on Thursday: Pinch-ran in the 7th, swiped a base, stayed in the game and hit a tiebreaking, 2-out, 2-run double in the 8th.

    Man, the Mariners just can't win. Tied up the game in the top of the 8th on a grand slam by Miguel Olivo; gave up the lead in the bottom half on a rally that started with 2 out and none on.

    And it's final: Their 12th straight loss, longest in MLB this year and 2 shy of the franchise record.

  30. Timmy p Says:

    I wanted to mention also since Duke made snide comments about it, that I myself am not French, I'm regular American. If your mother or father has half brothers or sisters, that makes them half uncles and aunts. My Grandfather was in WWII and spent a lot time in France, and being that he was a superstud he had many Frenchy and Belgian girlfriends. Being a superstud runs in my family. Since he was Irish all the French babes called him le Grande Mac! Or Corporal Mac le grande. He was awesome and did more for French IQ scores that just about any GI over there.

  31. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    @ 24 JA

    Interesting point whether brought up consciously or other wise, Duke Snider was a convicted felon or is a convicted felon. Mere semantics. Just go to Riker's Island and call the C-Block tough a pansy... and try explaining to him you meant flowers...
    So, does one stop being a felon once on has stopped.
    This also gives me a great idea of getting Timmy out of trouble at games where he gets arrested.

    Also JA, funny that the Mariners just had a huge celebration of the 114 win team of 2001(?).
    They brought back Pinella, Edgar, Moyer, ... sad that they will lose 114 this year.
    Our, or my, comment, anmd your additional commentary that they cannot continue to play with a leadoff hitter (Ichiro) with a .311 OBP, was true. They are now playing with a leadoff hitter with a .305 OBP.

    TimpY D.
    I believe HOF Rikalbert Blyleven was born in Nazi Occupied Zeist, Netherlands. Any chance your father - BIG MAC, may have sired BERT?

  32. John Autin Says:

    Timmy, here's a note I just posted about another non-Frenchman, non-Spaniard, regular-American:

  33. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I'm in tears....

    Timmy Pin Laden, this would be great news if you were half-brothers with Bert Blyleven. Maybe he can get you front-row seats for his HOF induction? And think of all the new half-uncles and aunts you could add to the collection. I wonder if Bert has ever circled you when pantless?

  34. John Autin Says:

    Um ... when who was pantless, Johnny? 🙂


  35. Johnny Twisto Says:

    it runs in the family, you know

  36. John Autin Says:

    @7, Rw01 -- Belatedly, thanks for the correction re: Sizemore's regular position with Oakland. He almost always played 2B with Detroit, and I made a faulty assumption.

    (Also, it seems odd that a guy who didn't hit enough to hold down a 2B job could settle in at 3B ... but these are strange times, in many ways.)

  37. Timmy P Says:

    @31 It was my grandfather that was in France during WWII, not my father. Why bring Bert Blyleven and his family into this? I never said anything about gramps (Timmy Sr) being in Holland during the war although had he been you can believe he would have had many babes as girlfriends.

  38. Neil L. Says:

    JA, I nominate you for the BBRef Peace Prize for trying to mediate in here.

    Agreed with you about Seattle having bad luck. Their much-maligned offense scores 17 runs in three games and they still lose them all. Things aren't looking much better for them with series in Boston and New York.

  39. Timmy P Says:

    I wanted to make clear that I was not speaking ill of France. I visited France one time and it wasn't too bad. One thing the French need to work on is the roads. The roads are not north south east west, as a matter of fact I couldn't even walk anywhere without a detailed map. I also noticed they seem to have a museum on every corner, museums everywhere. Even though France is known to have great food many of the natives looked to be underfed, lot's of skinny people. France doesn't have any sports bars which to me is a plus, I never go to a sportsbar unlesss I'm out of town and then it's just to check the scores. In France some bars had maybe one TV and no baseball. One other good thing about France is no kids in the bar, that's a big no-no. Nothing I hate worse than kids in a bar. In France bars are for adults, and drunks, which is nice. Every sports bar in America is full of fools with their kids eating wings and onion rings. Hate that.

  40. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I visited France one time and it wasn't too bad.

    I think that was on the back cover of the Fodor's guide.

    What's the French perspective on the merits of trousers?

  41. Timmy P Says:

    Paris is not much different than Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri! It's a lot different than Kansas City, Kansas.

  42. Timothy P Says:

    For the record, Bert Blyleven was born in 1951, and WWII ended 6 years prior. Bert was not born in Nazi occupied anything. Most second graders could have told you that.

  43. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Yeah yaeh Timmy,
    We all know our history, a hardy thanx nonetheless all around, a good effort no doubt, well thought out and researched I'm sure, your 6:18 sign in testament to the all nighter you pulled to figure out the end of WWII, but perhaps overlooked, maybe as BIg Mac was liberating the Low Countries, shooting Nazis and hanging collaborators, he may have stayed on a while, past the liberation of Paris, filling some clerical position for the Army, perhaps wearing a pair of wooden shoes? Eating Schnitzel?!?
    Perhaps even showing some, if not all, of his illegitimate brood his wicked curve? The very one that propelled Rikalbert to the Hall. Perhaps he has seeded the whole of western Europe with an unrivaled and untapped Baseball talent pool.
    I would check Timmy.

  44. Johnny Twisto Says:

    That would explain the impressive Dutch performance in the last WBC.

  45. Timmy p Says:

    @44 That might have more to do with the Dutch Caribbean territories.

  46. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Don't be so modest Timmy!

    Or are you saying Big Mac conducted undercover missions in the Lesser Antilles as well?

  47. Neil L. Says:

    @30 @37 @39
    Timmy P., with respect and with your best interests at heart, be discerning in what you post!

  48. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    @ Twisto,

    By saying lesser Antilles, you are implying there are a GREATER Antilles, thus, marginalizing the population of LA. I think there is, somewhere, lying in a sauna, a perturbed Andruw Jones.

    @ Skimpy T.

    I heard many Americans, and their fearless allies, coordinated their attacks against the Nazis at the Battle of the Bulge - pantless. Where exactly was Mac stationed? This would explain much.
    I remember anecdotal stories where it was near impossible to secure a pair of trousers on a WW II returning Dimaggio or Greenberg. Dimaggio played a record 56 games with out trousers; of course, I could be mixing up facts.
    So Timply C., please, adorn us with the truth by god.

  49. Timothy P Says:

    Gramps didn't talk much about fighting in WWII he mostly talked about all the ladies in France that he took out and how they talked about how the Americans were great lovers, especially him. He was from Rhinelander Wisconsin and he knew how to speak a little German. After the Germans were driven out of France and the Americans were there, he would go in to a bar or cafe and yell something really loud in German. The Frenchies would retreat and he would end up with the best table in the house!

  50. John Autin Says:

    You've gotta love those regular Americans -- winning hearts and minds wherever they go.

  51. Timothy P Says:

    I remember reading somewhere, or maybe I saw it on Ken Burns that of all the allies, the Americans threw grenades the best because they all played baseball. Wonder if the Japanese threw grenades good? I bet the Japanese slap hit the grenades with a bat and were half way back to the foxhole before the grenade was barely gone, really out of the box quick! That would make sense.

  52. Timothy P Says:

    My other grandpa on my moms side was in the Polish air force, I've mentioned him before. That's why I'm such a big fan of Paully Konerko.

  53. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I don't know Tippy, you claim to be a "regular American" but it sounds like your lineage has been contaminated by Slavic blood.

  54. Timothy P Says:

    @53? What are you talking about, plenty of Polish people in America, there's a lot. Regular American just means average cool guy from America, which I am. Nothing wrong being a regular American Twisto, and as long as you don't wear Soviet underwear I'd let you in the club.

  55. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Pimpy T

    Why have you changed your handle from Timmy P to Timothy P?
    Are you seeking a wider, more mature audience? Perhaps more respect from your peers?
    Will this mark a change in your irreverent commentaries? The famous non-sequiturs? Is this the start of a new, somber Timmy? A glimpse into the future content of your posts?
    Should we mourn TIMMY?
    Or celebrate TIMOTHY?
    Do you know the name 'Timmy' turns up zero MLB players in a Bbref data base search? Whereas the more austere moniker, 'Timothy', turns up 228 MLB players on the same old search.
    Can it be true, that in the 125+ years of professional baseball, not a single player has ever been known by a name as silly as Timmy. Not a single juvenile, foolhardy, dimwitted - TIMMY. Strange?
    Have you read the NY Times article where Tim McCarver put his cigar out on Joe Buck's neck after Buck jokingly called him Timmy on air during the Fox game of the week. Bad Stuff.
    Good luck Timothy on this endeavor. May your new name add prestige to your drivel.

  56. Timmy P Says:

    @55 I hadn't heard that about McCarver, what a grumpy old coot.

  57. John Autin Says: 🙂

    (A Tiger, no less!)

    But Duke, your attention is needed elsewhere:

  58. Dukeofflatbush Says:

    Sorry John,

    Let me catch up to speed on these late breaking TPFs.