Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy pitched a complete game one-hitter in his team’s victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. It was the fourth complete game one-hitter pitched this season and the third in the last eight days.
Nolan Ryan and Bob Feller hold the MLB record for most complete game one-hitters with 12 each. Bobo Newsom and Steve Carlton follow Ryan and Feller with six each, while seven pitchers (Don Sutton, Dave Stieb, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, Jim Maloney, Phil Douglas and Bert Blyleven) each had five complete game one-hitters in their careers.
The Brewers have had seven complete game one-hitters in franchise history: C.C. Sabathia (in 2008), Teddy Higuera (1987), Danny Darwin (1985), Moose Haas (1985), Jim Colborn (1973) and Skip Lockwood did it twice in 1972.
With nine strikeouts versus the Angels last night, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale became the 37th pitcher in MLB history to collect 200 or more strikeouts in five or more seasons.
Nolan Ryan leads this category with 15 seasons with 200+ K’s… Randy Johnson (13), Roger Clemens (12) and Tom Seaver (10) are the only pitchers to amass 200 or more strikeouts in 10 or more seasons.
Of the 37 pitchers with five or more seasons with 200+ K’s, 20 are in the Hall of Fame.
Sale, who is 28, also became the 16th pitcher in league history to collect 200+ strikeouts in five or more seasons while in his 20’s. Clemens, Seaver and Walter Johnson hold the MLB mark with seven seasons with 200+ K’s while in their 20’s.
Brewers reliever Corey Knebel on June 22 set a new record by recording a strikeout in his 38th straight game to start a season by a relief pitcher.
The all-time record for most consecutive games with a strikeout by a reliever is 49 games by Aroldis Chapman. Knebel is currently tied for second place behind Chapman (with Bruce Sutter) with 39 consecutive games with at least one strikeout by a reliever.
The MLB record for most consecutive games by a pitcher with at least one strikeout is 411 by Tom Seaver. Nolan Ryan is second with 382 games, followed by Curt Schilling with 378 straight games with a strikeout.
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer tossed a one-hitter yesterday against the Brewers striking out 16. It was the first one-hitter of this 2015 season and the first of Scherzer’s career.
Scherzer became the 604th MLB pitcher since 1914 to throw a complete game one-hitter. It was the first one-hitter since the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta had a one-hitter versus the Reds last year on September 16. There were six one-hitters in the majors last year.
Since 1914 there have 185 pitchers who have thrown multiple one-hitters in their career, Topping the list are a pair of Hall of Famers, Bob Feller and Nolan Ryan. Both had 12 one-hitters in their careers. Ryan also had seven no-hitters, while Feller had three no-hitters.
Here’s a look at the pitchers who had four or more one-hitters in their career.
12: Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan
6: Steve Carlton, Bobo Newson (Note: Carlton and Newson both did not have a no-hitter in their careers, giving them the most one-hitters in a career without a no-hitter)
5: Bert Blyleven, Phil Douglas, Jim Maloney, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver, Dave Steib, Don Sutton
4: Pete Alexander, Vida Blue, Mike Cuellar, Woodie Fryman, Randy Johnson, Walter Johnson, Sam McDowell, Guy Milton, Mike Mussina, Billy Pierce, Ken Raffensberger, Steve Rogers, Anibal Sanchez, Virgil Trucks, Bob Turley, Hippo Vaughn, Lon Warnecke, Rick Wise, Whit Wyatt.
* Thirty-six pitchers have lost a game where they pitched a complete game one-hitter. The last was Detroit’s David Price on August 14, 2014. Price surrendered one hit and an unearned run in the Tigers’ loss to Tampa Bay.
* There have been seven post-season one-hitters. The last one was Roger Clemens on October 14, 2000.
* The last pitcher to pitch a complete game one-hitter in a World series contest was Jim Lonborg on October 5, 1967.
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