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Fewest Hits By Yankees In Post-Season Elimination Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 22, 2010

Tonight, in Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS, the Yankees could only manage three hits. This was the lowest amount of hits, ever, for a Yankees team in the last game of a post-season series (in their team history). Below are the post-season "elimination games" - prior to today - where New York had five hits or less:

Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP LOB
1 1978-10-07 ALCS 4 NYY KCR W 2-1 30 2 4 0 0 2 2 2 9 0 4
2 1921-10-13 WS 8 NYY NYG L 0-1 34 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 7
3 2004-10-20 ALCS 7 NYY BOS L 3-10 35 3 5 2 0 0 3 2 5 1 5
4 2003-10-25 WS 6 NYY FLA L 0-2 32 0 5 2 0 0 0 2 9 0 5
5 1923-10-15 WS 6 NYY NYG W 6-4 35 6 5 0 0 1 5 4 4 0 2
6 1922-10-08 WS 5 NYY NYG L 3-5 34 3 5 0 0 0 3 2 3 1 4
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Generated 10/22/2010.

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11 Responses to “Fewest Hits By Yankees In Post-Season Elimination Game”

  1. rico petrocelli Says:

    Harvey Araton wrote yesterday in the Times "First, the Yankees have to win Friday against the immortal Colby Lewis. Far from a sure thing, given the outcome of Game 2, but not exactly the scaling of Everest, either."

    He's immortal now. Cool as a cucumber. That Colby Lewis manned it up tonight, what a performance.

  2. rico petrocelli Says:

    PS -- what is Colby Lewis' game score? One of the Best LCS Game 6 Starting Pitcher Performances?
    The only run was on the blown all on Swisher's HPB

  3. I love it when a journeyman pitcher comes up big.

    I also love thinking about that 2004 ALCS game 7. The Yankees might've had fewer hits in that game if Pedro hadn't pitched an inning (Lowe and Timlin only gave up 1 each)

  4. @2 Rico

    According to John Autin (who does a great job posting), in another thread said:

    Colby Lewis is done after 8 IP, he has tied David Cone for the #3 spot on the list above, with a Game Score of 76. (8 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 7 Ks.)

  5. rico petrocelli Says:

    struck out the side in the 8th to finish

  6. rico petrocelli Says:

    PS

    Gooddisussion on IBBs at Joe's Blog in whih he posits, and proves, that IBBs don't work. Girardi died by the IBB this series -- it really bit him back. Poor management, anyone agree?

    On IBBs:

    http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-on-intentional-walk.html#more

  7. The neat thing is, for the 1922-23 Series, it was the same guy: Art Nehf. Sent 'em home in consecutive years.

  8. Actually, Art Nehf lost in '23, but pitched a good game none the less.

  9. @4
    Thanks, Mike. I believe that's the first time I've been quoted or praised online. I am flattered.

    By the way, the record for fewest hits in any postseason elimination game is 1, done 4 times, most notably in game 6 of the 1995 WS, a 1-0 win for Tom Glavine (8 IP). David Justice homered off reliever Jim Poole for the game's only run.

    The first 1-hit elimination output was by the Oakland A's in the 1974 ALCS -- the only team to win such a game, by 2-1 over Baltimore. Reggie Jackson had Oakland's only hit (an RBI double in the 7th) and 3 of their 11 walks, which was then a record for a postseason game (equaled that very same day by the Dodgers in their 12-1 win over Pittsburgh in the NLCS). Nine of Oakland's 11 walks were issued by Mike Cuellar, who fell 1 shy of the record set by Bill Bevens in his famous WS near-no-hitter.

  10. @ 7-8
    Art Nehf started 9 WS games and never allowed more than 6 hits in a regulation game. (He allowed 10 hits in a 12-inning win over Walter Johnson in the '24 Series, and also scored the go-ahead run in the 12th.) His career WS rate of 5.7 hits per 9 IP is one of the best ever by a starting pitcher. He threw 2 WS shutouts against the Yankees, both 1-0 games.

  11. Would you mind if I repost this over to my blog? I just want to make sure credit is given where it is due. Hope you have a great day!