July 15, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez (2) looses his bat into the seats against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Braves Hitters Dominated, But Win


Today, I was reminded of Cliff Lee‘s performance on May 6 of the this past year against the Braves.  In 7 innings, he struck out 16 while only walking one, yet lost the game.  Now that I have the great Baseball-Reference Play Index, I decided to search for all such games.  Here are all the games where the starting pitcher got the loss despite striking out at least 16 and walking no more than one.

 

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Cliff Lee 2011-05-06 PHI ATL L 0-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 9 3 3 1 16 0 117 87 62
2 Jake Peavy 2006-05-22 SDP ATL L 1-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 3 2 2 1 16 1 114 74 78
3 Pedro Martinez 2000-05-06 BOS TBD L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 6 1 1 1 17 0 130 91 87
4 Randy Johnson 1999-06-30 ARI CIN L 0-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 2 0 17 1 134 96 77
5 Randy Johnson 1997-06-24 SEA OAK L 1-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 11 4 4 0 19 2 142 100 68
6 Sid Fernandez 1989-07-14 NYM ATL L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 8.0 6 3 3 0 16 1 121 91 74
7 Dwight Gooden 1984-09-17 NYM PHI L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 7 2 1 0 16 0 78
8 Jim Maloney 1965-06-14 CIN NYM L 0-1 CG 11 ,L 11.0 2 1 1 1 18 1 106
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/22/2012.
As you see, only eight pitchers have had such poor luck, and the Braves have won three of those games.  John Smoltz started both the 1989 and 2006 games, while Lonnie Smith hit a walk-off HR in the ’89 game.  If anyone has ideas for such searches, let me know and I’ll try to incorporate them into posts.

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