Matt Garza made his debut with the Chicago Cubs Sunday and of course with him and the Pirates involved, something pretty rare occurred.

Garza threw 7.0 innings with three runs allowed for a no-decision. Nothing too earth shattering there, but he also struck out 12 batters while giving up 12 hits (all singles) and walking zero. I thought the 12 and 12 line was pretty rare,  so I decided to dabble in the ol’ Baseball-Reference Play Index to search for any pitcher who struck out 12 or more batters in the same game where he gave up 12 or more hits. And just like I had assumed, it was pretty rare indeed as you can see from the chart below…

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR 2B 3B
1 Matt Garza 2011-04-03 CHC PIT L 4-5 GS-7 7.0 12 3 3 0 12 0 0 0
2 Curt Schilling 2001-04-25 ARI FLA W 10-7 GS-7 ,W 7.0 13 7 7 0 12 3 3 0
3 Todd Stottlemyre 1995-09-20 OAK CAL W 9-6 GS-9 ,W 8.1 12 3 3 0 12 1 3 0
4 Steve Carlton 1983-04-16 PHI ATL W 8-4 GS-8 ,W 8.0 12 4 4 4 12 0 3 0
5 Gaylord Perry 1982-04-20 SEA CAL W 6-4 GS-8 ,W 7.1 12 4 4 1 13 0 2 1
6 Bert Blyleven 1975-09-15 MIN CAL W 7-6 GS-10 10.0 12 6 5 3 12 0 2 2
7 Nolan Ryan 1973-09-23 CAL MIN W 15-7 CG 9 ,W 9.0 13 7 7 5 12 0 1 0
8 Bob Gibson 1970-08-12 STL SDP W 5-4 CG 14 ,W 14.0 13 4 4 2 13 1 3 0
9 Fergie Jenkins 1968-08-13 CHC STL W 10-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 12 3 3 3 12 1 2 0
10 Blue Moon Odom 1968-07-29 OAK CHW L 2-7 GS-13 ,L 12.1 13 4 4 1 13 0 0 2
11 Juan Marichal 1965-08-04 SFG CIN W 4-3 CG 10 ,W 10.0 12 3 3 3 14 0 3 0
12 Camilo Pascual 1964-10-01 MIN KCA L 4-5 CG 12 ,L 12.0 12 5 1 3 14 1 2 1
13 Juan Marichal 1964-04-24 SFG CIN W 15-5 CG 9 ,W 9.0 13 5 5 3 13 1 1 0
14 Billy Pierce 1953-07-24 CHW PHA L 2-4 CG 12 ,L 12.0 12 4 4 1 12 1 1 0
15 Saul Rogovin 1952-09-14 CHW BOS W 4-3 GS-15 15.0 12 3 3 4 14 2 1 1
16 Marv Grissom 1952-09-13 CHW NYY L 5-6 GS-8 ,L 8.0 12 6 4 1 13 0 2 1
17 Bill Werle 1950-08-27 (1) PIT BSN L 3-7 12.0 12 7 6 4 13 4
18 Bobo Newsom 1944-05-21 (1) PHA CLE L 4-5 11.0 12 5 5 4 12 2 2 0
19 Bob Feller 1941-08-07 CLE DET L 3-4 13.0 13 4 2 11 13 0 0 0
20 Bobo Newsom 1939-07-22 (1) DET PHA L 2-4 9.0 16 4 4 3 12 1 1 0
21 Bill Hallahan 1932-05-11 STL BRO L 3-6 12.0 12 6 6 7 12 0 4 0
22 Red Ruffing 1927-09-05 (1) BOS NYY W 12-11 15.0 16 8 8 11 12 1
23 Dazzy Vance 1923-05-02 BRO NYG L 6-7 10.0 15 6 6 4 15 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/4/2011.

Not only is it an impressive list of pitchers, but Garza’s performance is only the 23rd game since 1919 with that kind of pitching line. It hasn’t happened since Curt Schilling did it in 2001. Viewing this list quickly, it’s easy to see that most of these games occurred back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s which makes sense because starting pitchers went deeper into games no matter how many hits they surrendered. And wow, it sure is an impressive list with Schilling, Steve Carlton, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal (twice), Fergie Jenkins and Bob Feller just to name a few. Whoa.

Like nine of the pitchers on this list, Garza left in line for the win, but a collapse by Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning gave the Pirates a victory. Also, the only three on the list to record no walks in these games were the last three: Garza, Schilling and Todd Stottlemyre.

The Baseball Reference blog also did a post off my comment about this today that you can find here that talks about all the hits off Garza were singles. Before Garza, Feller was the last one on the list above to have given up no extra-base hits.

Even more interesting is that after Garza exited the game, the Bucs added four more hits, all singles, to finish with 16 hits and 16 singles on the afternoon. I ran a search of teams that recorded 16 or more hits in a game where all the hits were singles. This has only occurred 58 times since 1919 and just three times since 1993. The last time was Aug. 31, 2004 when the Royals pounded out 17 singles in a 9-8 victory over the Tigers.

Three games into the 2011 season and you never know what you will see next!

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