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Josh Johnson And Gio Gonzalez Were Dealing Last Night

After a three-week stint on the DL with a broken hard drive, my Dell completed its rehab assignment and was finally back in my possession yesterday. And that means I can go back to finding tidbits of baseball information, having historical fun with arbitrary numbers, making a big deal over things with selective endpoints, and presenting mindless assumptions. You know, the good stuff. Like this:

Josh Johnson and Gio Gonzalez faced off in the second game of a doubleheader Friday. Johnson picked up the win, allowing just one earned run over 8.2 innings. Gonzalez gave up four runs through eight. But the K:BB ratios for both were especially strong.

Johnson struck out nine. Gonzalez struck out 10. Neither man walked a batter. It was both men’s second start with at least nine Ks and no walks in the past month, but no pair of starters had done that in the same game since 2003, and it’s been pulled off now just seven times in the Live Ball Era.

Mark Prior, 22, pitched a 12-K shutout on 112 pitches that day nine years ago. FYI, 112 pitches ended up being in the lower half of his pitch count totals in 30 starts that season. But as I recall, nothing bad happened because of it.

A Hall of Famer was involved in four of the other five previous nine-K, no-walk duels. In 1998, Pedro Martinez* was good, but he was topped by Orlando Hernandez.

*Pedro’s not in the Hall yet, but he has been retired for only three years.

People probably remember Roger Clemens**’ dominant return to Fenway in 1997, which had absolutely no acrimony attached to it. But do you remember that Aaron Sele struck out 11 Blue Jays that day? Because apparently there was a time when Aaron Sele could strike out double-digit Major League Baseball hitters. In a single game!

**Yeah, I’m putting in Clemens, too. You got a problem with that, punk?

Bert Blyleven (five runs, 10 Ks) lost out to Bret Saberhagen (one run, nine Ks) in 1985. And Fergie Jenkins (one run, nine Ks) beat Jim Bunning (three runs, 10 Ks) in 1967.

So five should-be HOF’ers took part in those six performances prior to Friday. That means there is about a 35 percent chance that either Josh Johnson or Gio Gonzalez will make it to Cooperstown one day.

Yep, it’s good to have my PC back.

Now if I can only find out when was the last time a pitcher’s home run and an inside-the-park home run accounted for the only runs in a game. Because that happened yesterday, too.

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