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Twins reliever Jared Burton has thrown 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings

May 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Jared Burton AP

Jared Burton served up a pair of homers in his Twins debut on April 7 and allowed a run two appearances later, but since then he’s been unhittable. Literally.

Burton pitched a 1-2-3 inning last night against the Angels, giving him 10.2 consecutive no-hit innings dating back to April 13.

During that time batters are 0-for-32 with 11 strikeouts off him, getting on base only via two walks and two plunkings.

Minnesota’s overall team ERA is ugly because the starters have been abysmal, but the Twins’ bullpen has improved from the AL’s worst last season to the middle of the pack this year and Burton is a big reason why. Not bad for a 30-year-old who was available on a minor-league contract after multiple injury wrecked seasons with the Reds.

  1. b7p19 - May 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Whats the record? I love record chasing.

    • thefalcon123 - May 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      The record is 25.1 by some guy named Cy Young. I guess his parents thought he’d grow up to be a great pitcher or something since they named him after an award.

  2. fcmlefty1 - May 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The Twins bullpen has been a silver lining in a dismal season. When they actually have a lead after 6 innings, the “good” members of the pen (Capps, Perkins, Duensing, Burton, and to a lesser extent, Burnett) have taken care of the last 3 innings like they should. Its getting to the 7th without being down by at least 5 runs that has seemingly been the problem…

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - May 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Consecutive hitless innings pitched
    25.1 – Cy Young, Boston Americans – April 25 through May 11, 1904 (included one perfect game)[1][2]

    • tjwilliams - May 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      More recently, Dennis Eckersley had 22 1/3 in 1977.

      On May 25th he pitched 7 2/3 no-hit innings from the last two batters of the 5th through the 12th (yep, he pitched 12 innings).

      On May 30th he threw a no-hitter.

      On June 3rd he gave up a home run with two outs in the 6th inning.

      Fun fact: That home run was the only hit Eckersley allowed. In his next start he gave up a home run to lead off the second, meaning he gave up 1 hit in 26 2/3 innings.

      The longest perfect streak I know of is Mark Buerhle’s 15 consecutive perfect innings over three games (surrounding his perfect game obviously) in 2009.

      • tjwilliams - May 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Ah, I made a mistake. Eckersley didn’t finish that third game, so it was 1 hit over 23 2/3.

  4. El Bravo - May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Twins should loan their bullpen to the Cubs. Chi-town would have about ten more wins if that were the case this season.

  5. Chris St. John - May 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    He’ll have to start giving up some hits if he wants to stay on the team. Not giving up hits is a slap in the face of the Twins Way.

    • Alex K - May 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Do the Twins allow their relief pitchers to throw over 87? Or does that part of the Twins Way go for the whole staff?

      • kopy - May 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Sarcasm noted, but Capps and Perkins can both reach mid-90s. The narrative on Burton is that he has some split-changeup that folks haven’t figured out yet. It’s the starters that really don’t have any velocity across the board. Liriano can bring heat once in a while, but nobody knows where it’s gonna go.

        Maybe the Twins just don’t like guys that can throw fast to start their games.

      • Alex K - May 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        It makes the relief pitchers lok like they are throwing so much harder when the starter can’t crack 87. Maybe that is what they are going for…….

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