August 21st, 2014
You had to figure David Price’s return to Tampa Bay was going to be memorable. Thursday’s 1-0 loss that he suffered, however, was historic. In fact, it was a first.
According to research on baseball-reference.com, Price is the first pitcher in the Majors to toss a complete-game one-hitter or better with no earned runs and lose since Andy Hawkins pitched a no-hitter in defeat for the Yankees on July 1, 1990. The only other pitcher to do it in the last 40 years is knuckleballer Charlie Hough for Texas on June 16, 1986.
Here’s the complete table of pitchers to throw a complete-game one-hitter or better with no earned runs and lose (since 1914):
|1||Andy Hawkins||1990-07-01||NYY||CHW||L 0-4||CG 8, L||8.0||0||4||0||5||3||0||4|
|2||Charlie Hough||1986-06-16||TEX||CAL||L 1-2||CG 9, L||8.2||1||2||0||4||8||0||2|
|3||Andy Hassler||1974-09-08||CAL||CHW||L 0-1||CG 9, L||9.0||1||1||0||3||6||0||1|
|4||Bob Hendley||1965-09-09||CHC||LAD||L 0-1||CG 8, L||8.0||1||1||0||1||3||0||1|
|5||Dick Ellsworth||1965-05-15||CHC||LAD||L 1-3||CG 8, L||8.0||1||3||0||4||4||1||3|
|6||Bill Monbouquette||1964-09-06||BOS||MIN||L 1-2||CG 8, L||8.0||1||2||0||1||4||1||2|
|7||Ken Johnson||1964-04-23||HOU||CIN||L 0-1||CG 9, L||9.0||0||1||0||2||9||0||1|
|8||Harvey Haddix||1959-05-26||PIT||MLN||L 0-1||CG 13, L||12.2||1||1||0||1||8||0||1|
|9||Ewell Blackwell||1950-09-12||CIN||BRO||L 1-3||CG 8, L||8.0||1||3||0||4||5||0||3|
|10||Bob Steele||1918-06-30 (1)||PIT||STL||L 1-2||8.0||1||2||0||7||2||0||2|
|11||Wilbur Cooper||1918-06-18||PIT||PHI||L 0-1||8.0||1||1||0||1||3||0||1|
|12||Claude Hendrix||1916-08-01 (2)||CHC||PHI||L 2-3||8.0||1||3||0||4||7||0||3|
|13||Al Schulz||1916-07-12||CIN||NYG||L 0-1||6.0||1||1||0||1||3||0||1|
|14||Lefty Tyler||1915-09-09||BSN||BRO||L 0-1||8.0||1||1||0||2||2||0||1|
|15||Rip Hagerman||1915-07-27||CLE||WSH||L 0-1||8.0||1||1||0||3||6||0||1|
|16||Phil Douglas||1914-10-02||CIN||PIT||L 1-2||8.2||1||2||0||3||8||0||2|
|17||Dan Griner||1914-07-30||STL||BSN||L 1-2||8.2||1||2||0||2||1||0||2|
|18||Frank Allen||1914-07-17||BRO||CHC||L 2-3||8.0||1||3||0||4||2||0||3|
One catch you’ll notice about all those games is that all of those pitchers walked somebody. Many, in fact, paid for walks. Price didn’t walk anybody. Take that into account, and Price’s effort is a first, at least over the last 100 years.
Another catch on that list which deserves to be noted: Harvey Haddix had a perfect game going for 12 innings before losing it with an error, an intentional walk and a walkoff hit in the 13th, a game that is remembered well in Pittsburgh baseball circles.
Day out of the field for Miguel Cabrera. He’s the designated hitter, with Victor Martinez getting a chance for redemption at first base after a rough afternoon there on Sunday. Other than that, the only change is Eugenio Suarez’s first start at shortstop since last Saturday.
The Rays, meanwhile, take some left-handed hitters out of the lineup for their meeting with former ace David Price. Brandon Guyer replaces Matt Joyce in the third spot, while Sean Rodriguez starts at first base in place of James Loney.
Reminder: Today’s game is on MLB Network, so if you’re not in area to watch the game on Fox Sports Detroit, you can watch it there.
TIGERS (career numbers off Alex Cobb)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-12, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-15, double, walk)
- Miguel Cabrera, DH (2-for-8, double, 5 walks)
- Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-8, K)
- J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-2, double, walk)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Alex Avila, C (4-for-9, double, walk, 2 K’s)
- Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
- Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-2)
P: David Price
- Desmond Jennings, CF
- Ben Zobrist, RF
- Brandon Guyer, LF
- Evan Longoria, 3B
- Wil Myers, DH
- Sean Rodriguez, 1B
- Yunel Escobar, SS (6-for-23, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s vs. Price)
- Curt Casali, C
- Logan Forsythe, 2B
P: Alex Cobb