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David Price threw a one-hitter against the Rays. And lost.

Aug 21, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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Man, that’s a tough one. Former Ray David Price, facing his old mates, was absolutely dealing today. He pitched eight innings and allowed only one hit. Yet he still lost, 1-0.

The hit was a Brandon Guyer triple in the first inning which scored Ben Zobrist. The run was unearned, however, as Zobrist reached on an Eugenio Suarez error. Price didn’t allow another hit after that. He didn’t walk a batter all game and no one else reached on an error.

Our Matthew Pouliot just ran some Baseball-Reference.com inquiries and found that the Rays were just the third team to win a game with one hit and without drawing any walks since 1914. If you cancel out the walks qualifier, they are the 65th team to do it since 1914. Although it has been done four times in 2014 alone. The Padres have done it twice. Year of the pitcher, my friends.

You lose those games when your hitters are totally tied up, and the Tigers hitters were. First by Alex Cobb, who shut out Detroit for seven innings, himself allowing only two hits. Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee finished it off. The Tigers got four hits and drew two walks in the game — offensive explosion! — but couldn’t string anything together.

Like the Yankees-Astros game, this one was quick. A mere two hours and thirty-four minutes. Major League Baseball wants to speed up the pace of play? Heck, just make every game a day game on getaway day with solid pitchers on the bump. That’ll speed things right the heck up.

  1. pbastille - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Zobrist reached on the error, Guyer tripled

  2. pete2112 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Ouch.

  3. randomjoeblow - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    They were supposed to win the Price games. Poor Tigers…

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    It could be worse.

    It could have been Smyly pitching the shutout.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Meet Bob Hendley of the 1965 Cubs and Harvey Haddix of the 1959 Pirates. Each pitched a complete game 1 hitter of 9 innings or more and got nothing but tired and a loss. Hendley was on the wrong side of Sandy Koufax’s perfecto, while Haddix pitched a perfecto of his own, for 12 innings, but got zero run support.

    • rpearlston - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Also meet Paul Menhart (I know, his is hardly a household name), who lost a one-hitter to Mike Mussina, on a night when Mussina allowed just 4 hits. Check the box score:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL199508020.shtml

      Then there was this offering from Pedro Martinez:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SDN/SDN199506030.shtml

      in which, after throwing 9 PERFECT innings, Martinez went out to start the bottom of the 10th, and allowed a double off the left-centre wall to Bip Roberts. That was the last pitch he threw that night.

  6. historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Great game. Price got a standing ovation from the crowd when he left. It was really good. I’m sure Mini-Mart is kicking himself on the missed opportunities, and hopefully Price texts Myers: lolz. Both catchers took a beating too. It was just a great match up.

    • kalinedrive - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      It was J.D.’s birthday, and he had an ohfer four with 3 Ks and a popup to end the game. Should have blown out the candles and made a wish before the game.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Yeah, he didn’t seem too happy…unless that was a pinata on the ground he was hitting with his bat.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      lol bitter little boys thumbing me down

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        and more! :D

    • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      I told you yesterday Price would pitch a no-hitter. I was off by one hit.

      I’m happy he received a warm reception from the fans. Price will always have a special place among us. Losing him was rough. I’m still not over it.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        They were good today. It was a really great game.

      • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        I’ll watch the replay tonight. I couldn’t even listen today at work. We were slammed with patients and by the time I got out, it was over.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Patients are so inconsiderate. I tell you.

      • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        There’s a pitching duel going on! Priorities, people.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        You had to be a nurse and help people. Sheesh.

      • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        I keep telling folk they need to schedule their illnesses better, but they never listen.

        Today’s game was about everything I could ask for–Price pitched very well, but the Rays pulled out a win. I’ve also got a new example to use next time someone tries to tell me that pitcher win-loss record is a useful stat–8IP, 1H, 0ER = loss.

      • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        I’m 100% with you on the pitcher win-loss record. The win is a team stat regardless of how well the pitcher pitched. No run support, no win–as Price and the Tigers deftly demonstrated today.

  7. weaselpuppy - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Cowardly Lion Tigers….no heart.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Yeah, winning the first two games against the Rays and how well Cobb pitched today are both meaningless.

  8. dorbs345 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Sounds like a Felix Hernandez game!

  9. jpalughi823 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    i got nothin….

  10. Minoring In Baseball - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Typical Tigers, score eight runs one game, get shut out the next. They needed another bat for the outfield by the trade deadline, and DD didn’t get it. I hope they can bounce back, because this team not even making the playoffs is a major fail.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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