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Colby Lewis gives up five homers, strikes out career-best 12

May 10, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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It was certainly a case of feast or famine for the Orioles in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis gave up three straight homers to begin the bottom of the first, retired the next 18 hitters he faced and then surrendered two more homers in the seventh to leave down 6-0 versus Baltimore.

The end result: Lewis struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed a career-high five homers. Those homers were the only hits he allowed.

Lewis became just the fifth pitcher in major league history to give up five homers and no other hits. Oakland’s Ted Lilly was the last, surrendering five homers in four innings against the Braves on June 11, 2003. Denny McLain (1971), Steve Stone (1974) and Charlie Hough (1989) were the others to manage it. No one has ever given up six homers and no other hits.

The 12 strikeouts was also by far the most for anyone in a game with five homers allowed. Hough struck out nine in that aforementioned start on June 24, 1989, which had been the previous high total. Curt Schilling, on June 28, 1997, was the last pitcher to strike out 12 and give up four homers.

Lewis also issued just one walk on the day. So, while his ERA jumped from 2.97 to 3.69, his WHIP actually dropped from 1.14 to 1.10.

  1. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    No THAT’S a Major League Record I’m pretty confident that I could break!

  2. bigleagues - May 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Now THAT’S a Major League Record I’m pretty confident that I could break!

  3. schlom - May 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Lots of high fastballs apparently.

    He must have had an awesome FIP and xFIP today – 42.9 SO%, 3.6 BB%, 50% HR/FB ratio, although I guess his .000 BABIP needs to be regressed. Is there anywhere you can see FIP and xFIP per start?

  4. proudlycanadian - May 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    An interesting list of culprits in the 5 gopher ball list. They are quite a mixed bag. For example, McLean and Hough were very different types of pitchers.

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