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3 Hits, 2 Games, 1 Win

Posted by Raphy on June 30, 2008

Over at The Hardball Times, Dave Studeman wrote: (EDIT: It was actually written by Craig Calcaterra)

"I imagine Jayson Stark will tell me if I'm wrong, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that this is the first time a team has had three hits over the course of two games and split 'em."

Let's see what PI can tell us about games since 1956.

First lets look at the games which Andy posted yesterday:
Of the four previous teams to win with no hits  only the 1992 Indians followed (or preceded) their no hit win with a low hit (3 or less) loss. The Indians won the first game of a double-header with no hits and lost the second with 2.

The second thing we can check are teams that have played consecutive games with 2 or less hits. We can then pick out the teams with at least one win and at most 3 hits.
Here are the teams that  meet Studes's criteria. (click on the links for details) :

1969 Angels

1967 Mets

1964 Orioles

1961 Red Sox

The last thing we would need to check is those teams who lost no-hitters and followed that up (or preceeded it) with a 3 hit win. Unfortunately, there have been too many lost no hitters to do a quick check and PI doesn't offer a quick way to check . So if anybody has the time or knows of  faster way, I leave that to you.

4 Responses to “3 Hits, 2 Games, 1 Win”

  1. studes Says:

    Nice work. Just want to point out that Shysterball's Craig Calcaterra contributes the game comments to THT Daily.

  2. Raphy Says:

    Thanks Studes, I'm sorry I missed that credit to Craig.

  3. whiz Says:

    I just looked for consecutive games with 3 hits or less, and scanned down for 3 total hits or less and a win. There were several hundred entries (4 pages), but it doesn't long to look through them. No more events with 3 total hits or less and a win in 2 games showed up.

    The Angels had only two hits the day before their string, so they had 5 hits in 3 games, with one win. In fact, they were the only team to have 3 games in a row with 2 hits or less, and they managed to win one...

    The least total hits in 2 games where the team won both games is (AFAIK) 6, held by about 15 teams. The least hits in 3 consecutive wins is 10, by the

    1986 Rangers
    and the

    1963 Giants

    Not doing an exhaustive search, there's also 17 hits in 4 consecutive wins by the

    1986 Rangers
    (which includes the 3-game streak above)
    and 23 hits in 5 consecutive wins by the

    1968 Cubs

  4. Raphy Says:

    Thanks whiz. Good info.