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Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter

Posted by Andy on April 18, 2010

Ubaldo Jimenez has put together a solid major-league career so far and last night he pitched the first no-hitter in Rockies franchise history.

Here are the complete-game no-hitters within the box score range covered by the PI ranked by most pitches:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO Pit Str GSc BF AB HBP GDP SB
1 Randy Johnson 1990-06-02 SEA DET W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 8 138 88 89 33 27 0 1 0
2 Sandy Koufax 1962-06-30 LAD NYM W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 13 138 80 95 30 25 0 2 0
3 Bud Smith 2001-09-03 STL SDP W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 7 134 78 90 31 27 0 0 1
4 Dwight Gooden 1996-05-14 NYY SEA W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 5 134 74 86 33 27 0 0 0
5 Kent Mercker 1994-04-08 ATL LAD W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 10 131 85 93 31 27 0 0 1
6 Jon Lester 2008-05-19 BOS KCR W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 9 130 86 94 29 27 0 0 0
7 Tommy Greene 1991-05-23 PHI MON W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 7 10 130 77 90 33 25 0 0 2
8 Nolan Ryan 1990-06-11 TEX OAK W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 14 130 86 99 29 27 0 0 1
9 A.J. Burnett 2001-05-12 FLA SDP W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 9 7 129 65 85 36 26 1 1 3
10 Ubaldo Jimenez 2010-04-17 COL ATL W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 7 128 72 88 31 25 0 1 1
11 Scott Erickson 1994-04-27 MIN MIL W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 5 128 71 88 31 26 1 1 0
12 Wilson Alvarez 1991-08-11 CHW BAL W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 7 128 75 89 32 27 0 1 0
13 Dave Stieb 1990-09-02 TOR CLE W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 9 123 75 92 29 25 0 0 0
14 Eric Milton 1999-09-11 MIN ANA W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 13 122 78 98 28 26 0 0 0
15 Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 TEX TOR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 16 122 83 101 29 27 0 0 0
16 David Wells 1998-05-17 NYY MIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 0 11 120 79 98 27 27 0 0 0
17 Jim Abbott 1993-09-04 NYY CLE W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 5 3 119 66 85 30 25 0 2 0
18 Fernando Valenzuela 1990-06-29 LAD STL W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 3 7 119 72 91 30 27 0 1 0
19 Randy Johnson 2004-05-18 ARI ATL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 0 13 117 87 100 27 27 0 0 0
20 Mark Buehrle 2009-07-23 CHW TBR W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 0 6 116 76 93 27 27 0 0 0
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Generated 4/18/2010.

Jimenez comes in at 10th, thanks to his 6 walks. If you look at this list, there is a small tendency for no-hitters with more walks or more strikeouts to have more overall pitches, which makes sense. Also there tend to be few GIDPs.

Because of his 6 walks with only 7 strikeouts, Jimenez got a fairly low game-score for a no-hitter. Of the 141 no-hitters that show up in this PI search, Jimenez's is one of only 28 to have a game score of 88 or lower.

In any event, a no-hitter is a no-hitter and this was a great moment for the Rockies franchise.

This entry was posted on Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 9:48 am and is filed under Game Finders. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter”

  1. Surprised A.J. Burnett isn't higher up. Didn't he set the record for most walks in a no-hitter?

  2. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Memo to Andy and Craig Calcaterra: This particular Hispanic surname has two e's and one i, not two i's and one e. To help you remember how to pronounce the name, feel free to add the acute accent to the second vowel (Jiménez — khee-MEH-ness).

    I've gotten a bit cranky about this error because it's being made repeatedly by people whom I respect and who make it a point to avoid errors in their blogs.

  3. Not often a no-hitter gets overshadowed, but I guess when the Cards and Mets play 20 innings and Boston gets swept in a resumed-game doubleheader...

  4. I have fixed the spelling. I appreciate your comment as I am usually very sensitive to such thing and hate that I screwed this up.

  5. Chris,

    Almost:

    Jim Mahoney had a ten-walk no-hitter; Burdett walked nine in his.

  6. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    According to his Bullpen entry, Jim Maloney threw 187 pitches in his 10-inning no-hitter in 1965.

    It's interesting that Maloney's three best seasons — 1963, 1965 and 1966 — were exactly the same as Sandy Koufax's years of brilliance. Maloney was also very good in 1964 but threw only two shutouts and went "only" 15-10.

  7. Hilariously, Maloney also hit a batter in that 10 walk no hitter.

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