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Rick Porcello throws second consecutive shutout

Jul 1, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

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Tigers righty Rick Porcello didn’t record a shutout over the first 163 starts of his major league career.

Now he has two shutouts in the past six days.

Porcello limited the American League West-leading Athletics to four hits and induced a whopping 17 groundouts in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory on Tuesday night in Detroit. Porcello failed to register a single strikeout but he also issued zero walks, throwing 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes. J.D. Martinez led the way offensively with a two-run homer.

Porcello is tied with Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka for the major league lead in wins with 11.

His streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings is the longest for a Tigers pitcher since Jose Valverde in 2010 and he’s the first Tigers starter to throw back-to-back shutouts since Jack Morris rattled off three straight in 1986.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Complete game shutouts, that is.


    • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      that was a tough game to listen to. Mostly because the A’s main broadcaster is on vacation and I don’t really like the #2 guy and he had extra innings, but MOSTLY because of porcello.

      At least it was quick

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Do you know who you get tomorrow? Don’t listen at work.

      • clydeserra - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        I’ll check myself into jail. no radios or mlb at bat there

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        I will cautiously tune in. The way V’s season has gone…well, I have a strict policy about crying at work.

    • seeinred87 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      It doesn’t go down as a shutout unless it’s a complete game anyway.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Thank you, anti-exuberance police. Be sure to notify the Tigers too.

  2. [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    throwing 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

    Congrats on the Maddux!

  3. bender4700 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Clearly, Dombrowski traded the wrong pitcher. – Says no one, now.

    • clydeserra - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      the criticism is not that a pitcher was traded, its the package they got. It looked like a dud package then. still kinda seems like a dud package now.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        I’ll admit to being one of those folks who wished that they had traded Rick instead of Dog. It has worked out though, but thanks for reminding me about the bag of balls that I had pretty much managed to forget amidst all the Tigers Awesomeness.

  4. Jason Lukehart - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Zero walks in a Maddux is common, more than half of all Madduxes included no free passes. Zero strikeouts, that’s a different story. Porcello joins Zane Smith and Tom Glavine as the only pitchers of the Maddux Era (which began in 1988, when MLB got serious about keeping track of pitch counts) to record a Maddux without any Ks.

    Those other two guys each walked a pair though, so Porcello’s Maddux is the first to feature 0 walks and 0 strikeouts.

    • dcburden - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Ergo, can we now call a sub-100 pitch shutout with no walks or strikeouts “A Porcello”?

      Porcello (n.): A No-True-Outcomes Maddux.

      • Jason Lukehart - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        More rare than a perfect game!

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Congrats on the Maddux… always a feat, especially in this day and age…

  6. bruceeff - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Man, don’t be linking Porcello with Valverde. That’s some bad mojo waiting to happen.

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