April 24, 2021

Striking Out 4 Batters & Allowing 4 Runs In The Same Inning

Two pitchers in major league history have struck out four batters and allowed four runs in the same inning:

Doc White, Phillies, on July 21, 1902, against the Brooklyn Superbas (5th inning)
Tyler Glasnow, Rays, April 23, 2021, against the Toronto Blue Jays (1st inning)


1st inning: 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 37 pitches
2nd-6th innings: 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 57 pitches

Two pitchers in the modern era (since 1901) have thrown a no-hitter and then played a different position within seven days:

Jimmy Callahan, 1902 White Stockings
September 20, 1902 (G1): Pitched no-hitter against Tigers
September 21, 1902: Played center field in both games of a doubleheader (sub in G1; started G2)
(September 22, 1902: Pitched another complete game, a 4-6 loss to Tigers)

Joe Musgrove, 2021 Padres
April 9, 2021: Pitched no-hitter against Texas
April 16, 2021: Played left field in 12th inning against Dodgers (recorded one putout)

That was no ordinary putout. As Dodgers broadcaster Rick Monday described it:

[David] Price, the pitcher, hit it to another pitcher, who happens to be in left field, off of the second baseman [Jake Cronenworth], who's now pitching.

Musgrove then batted against Price in the bottom of the 12th - and struck out.

Jayson Stark was all over this game:

•   According to baseball-reference.com's fabulous Stathead tool, only one other relief pitcher in the entire expansion era – all 60 years of it – had ever hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning or later. Mike Scott did it for the Astros in the 13th, on June 4, 1989. (Special citation: Our friend Jim Kaat hit one in the 13th as the starting pitcher on May 20, 1969.) But this one was hit by a guy (Price) with zero previous sac flies and only one previous career RBI, in 13 seasons and 53 career plate appearances. Because who writes these scripts!

•   Meanwhile, before Musgrove, no pitcher had recorded a putout at any other position after throwing a no-hitter that season, according to STATS, since Johnny Lush did it – for the 1906 Phillies. . . . 

•   But also … this was the first time in the history of reliable play-by-play data that any pitcher had hit a ball that was caught by another pitcher playing a different position, with a position player pitching. Which honestly should never happen, especially in one of the great games of the year. Except it's …


Stark also reports that eight position players pitched "in the last week or so". One of them, Yermín Mercedes of the White Sox, pitched an inning against the Red Sox. He also came into that game hitting .401. The last position player hitting .400+ to take the mound? George Sisler, on October 3, 1920. (Two pitchers also did it: Bob Gibson in 1970 and Orel Hershiser in 1993.)

Sean Kazmar Jr. pinch-hit for Atlanta last Saturday (April 17). It was his first major-league appearance since September 23, 2008 – 12 years and 206 days earlier.


In between Kazmar's games in the big leagues …

•  10 pitchers threw more than 2,000 innings.

•  Seven hitters got at least 6,000 at-bats.

•  Six players hit at least 300 home runs.

•  Nine players scored at least 900 runs.

•  Five players drove in at least 1,000 runs.

•  Three players got at least 1,800 hits. . . .

•  12 players drafted in the same draft as Kazmar (2004) played at least 1,000 games in the big leagues and now are no longer playing – but Sean Kazmar Jr. is still going.

Who is the anti-Corbin Burnes (who has an unprecedented BB/K of 0/40 this season)? Who had the most consecutive walks with no strikeouts? Stark reports that it's Ernie Wingard of the St. Louis Browns: 27 walks in a row! Wingard faced 231 consecutive batters (May 27 to July 28, 1925) and had no strikeouts.

Final thing from Stark: The Orioles and Mariners played a four-game series last week. Only 29 innings were played. It was the first four-game series since 1900 in which no game went as much as nine innings. Weather forced the teams to play two doubleheaders and thanks [sic] to Rob "Ruining Baseball Every Day" Manfred, that meant four seven-inning games (one game went into "extra" innings (the eighth)).

It's the fewest innings in any four-game series in over 80 years – since a 28-inning Indians-Tigers series from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 1939. And there have been just four other four-game series of 29 innings or shorter since 1901 – including a 27-inning Red Sox-Naps series in Cleveland in September 1912, the shortest ever. . . . . Unreal.

The Red Sox were swept in that four-game, 27-inning series, but were World Champions less than a month later.

September 17, 1912 (G1): Cleveland 4, Red Sox 3 (11)
September 17, 1912 (G2): Cleveland 3, Red Sox 2 (5)
September 19, 1912 (G1): Cleveland 9, Red Sox 3 (5)
September 19, 1912 (G2): Cleveland 6, Red Sox 0 (6)

Through their first 13 games, the Cubs' team batting average was .166 and they were slugging .307. The Cubs averaged exactly five hits and 2.6 runs per game and somehow managed to win five of those 13 contests. In each of their eight losses, they never scored more than three runs.

Then, last Saturday (April 17), the Cubs beat Atlanta won 13-4, scoring more runs than they had in their previous six games (11). On Wednesday, they clubbed the Mets 16-4 and on Friday, they routed the Brewers 15-2.

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