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A complete rundown of post-perfecto performances

Apr 27, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

AP Phil Humber

In ATH this morning I lazily assumed that someone had done a study of pitcher performances one start after perfect games.  My Google button is broken, see, so I had no way to obtain that information myself.

Thank goodness for our friend Jason Lukehart, then. He went back and looked at ever pitcher who ever threw a perfect game and summarized their subsequent performances. Most of them, anyway. Some of the 19th century games aren’t available, in which case Jason adds a factoid or two.

My favorite tidbit: one of the perfect pitchers gave up 8 runs on 8 hits and walked five in his next outing, yet his team still won, and there’s an argument to be made that he was the hero of the game.

Fun stuff. Thanks for not being as lazy as me, Jason.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Yeah, but how many no-hitter throwing pitchers are no-hit during the same season? Almost happened to Doc and the Phightins in 2010. The Phils eventually beat the Reds in that one in extras.

    • jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I haven’t found any in the same season, but Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter in 2010 and was the losing pitcher in Francisco Liriano’s 2011 no-hitter.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Interesting. Like a passing of the torch of sorts. Edwin Jackson’s was the one with about 200 pitches and 43 walks, right?**

        (**May be slight exaggeration**)

      • jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        149 pitches, 8 walks, a hit batter, and a wild pitch. Except for the BABIP, a pretty typical day in the office for E-Jack.

        Randy Johnson, Kevin Millwood, and Bob Milacki (!) have also won and lost no-hitters, but not in the same season.

    • jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Juan Marichal.

      I should have guessed this hours ago. Alvin Dark always matched him up against Koufax.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        Sweet. Thanks for the info.

  2. Chipmaker - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    (Copy of my comment to Lukehart’s article, slightly edited to avoid personal grammatical embarrassments.)

    We don’t have box scores at or Retrosheet yet, but we do have the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper database — and reviewing early May 1904 lets us find Young’s next game. It was a doozy.

    After his perfecto on 5/5, Boston beat New York, 5-2, on 5/6 behind Tannehill; lost on 5/7, 6-3, with Dineen on the mound; didn’t play on 5/8 and 5/9; and lost to NY one more time, 2-1, behind Gibson.

    Young next pitched, at home, against Detroit on 5/11. Boston won the game, 1-0, with Young going the distance — a full fifteen innings. He didn’t allow a hit until there was one out in the seventh.

    Reviewing a box score, rather primitive to what we enjoy today, Young’s line appears to be 15 IP, 5 H, zero R, zero ER (a shutout makes this easy), 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts. That would yield a game score of 107.

    Nice follow-up.

    Game story:

    Box, such as they were at the time:

  3. Kevin S. - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Honorable mention to David Cone for sucking a solid year after his perfecto.

    • jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Mark Buehrle pitched poorly after his perfect game in July, 2009.

      • Lukehart80 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Buehrle was roughed up in his next few starts after his perfect game, but in that first game, he actually stayed flawless through 5 innings, the deepest anyone’s ever taken an attempted second consecutive perfect game.

        In the process, he set the record for most consecutive batters retired (with 45).

  4. jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Bo Belinsky
    Bonus points for having the same home plate umpire, Harry Schwarts, in both games.

    Sal Maglie
    You’ve probably heard about one of these.

    Bob Feller
    Feller allowed a run in his no-hitter, partially due to his errant pick-off throw.

    Bill McCahan
    Eddie Rommel, a damn fine pitcher in his own time (and that’s a long story), umpired the first of these games.

    Jim Tobin

    So six. Two Hall of Famers, one HOVGer, one who could have been a character in in L.A. Confidential if it was set a little later, and two guys I’ve never heard of.

    • jwbiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      And all praises to and those who support them. They’ve got no-hitter boxscores back to 1918.

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