David Price’s CG 1-hit, 0-walk, 0 earned run loss is a first

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):

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR UER
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
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/21/2014.


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.


great game. a shame it wasn’t a NL game and David didn’t get a chance to hit. He was the only one who showed up to play today.

Don’t forget Ken Johnson who threw a no-hitter and lost 1-0.

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Just another loss, though. Sorry Jason if I a very pessimistic right now. When Dumbo made the trade I just had the feeling that this season is going to tank. Basic baseball team building starts with the middle…sure, losing the SS in spring hurt. But moving A-Jax just highlights how bad this can get. This is going to be a long 6 weeks..

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I am not ready to throw the towel in yet . We will see how they play this weekend .
Hope they play well in the Twin Cities . Gotta start hitting with RISP.

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There are so many land-mines to deal with on the team. The hitting frequently vanishes.
The defense, the lack of speed and of course, the bullpen compromise the only one true strength of the team——the rotation. Which itself is challenged now with physical limitations of a couple of guys.
We’ve just found out that a pitcher can be virtually perfect and still lose a game.
That’s a tad scary.

Tigers are just not that good….mnot what we expected at all.

1. This Price is indeed more valuable than first assumed.
2. No walks for the second straight complete game.
3. There’s always the next game, at least until we get to 162.
Offense does not exist. Remember, David, to win with this team, one run, earned or not, is one run too many!

If an opposing pitcher continues to throw low pitches to the batter…with a 3-2 count
do you continue to swing at them, opportunity to walk, load the bases…..no we
continue to swing at those low pitches…it tells you the pitcher is smarter and the batter is more interested in being the hero…everyone loves the hero….The twins
have nothing to lose in this upcoming week-end series…they usually give the Tigers
a tough time anyway…in fact every team does….We got great pitching, but not
great timely hitting….we just can’t put it all together…We were lucky to get away
two wins against Tampa….they said here take it.. except the last one which hurt
a great pitching performance by Price.

It tells me that a) the pitcher is throwing really nasty stuff and b) it’s probably a relatively inexperienced hitter at the plate.

Thank you
Blog fantastic

It’s good to see Omar Vizquel in the dugout chatting and even demonstrating proper technique, especially to the rookie players, a better approach/correction after a misplay or an error. As far as the hitting instructor coach, I know these guys are MLB players and the majority are not rookies, but still is there ever any discussion about taking a different tack/approach to a particular pitcher especially during a game where every player is swinging for the fences. How about shortening your swing and just trying for a lousy single, laying down a bunt, anything to just get on base. The team played a pretty good brand of baseball at the start of the season playing for situational hitting, but we don’t see it much anymore. Almost every player, one after the other, trying to hit a homerun. We aren’t seeing the brand of baseball that was advertised at the start of the season.

Larry Parrish about McCann:Batting average comes into play if you are a base stealer or a table setter. We want him to be a guy who clears the table.”
Parrish turned to Worth and said, “He’s starting to get the head (of the bat) there consistently. Now we’ve got to get him to hit it in the air.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140811/SPORTS0104/308110009#ixzz3B8I5cUZw

They weretold to hit that way. Seatlle under McClnedon and KC are the two teams with less pitches /AB
The Tigers are doing are doing what they were told to do.J.D is imitating Miguel

I hope the Tigers are able to extend Price. He si 28 , so he has at least 4 great years in the tank

Mr. Castiollo went to the Red Sox and surprise, surprise he’s going to be playing this year. A Boras client, so I’m not surprised. Scott Boras will probably continue to punish the Tigers because of the Scherzer undeal. It’s too bad we lost out on Cespedes, Abreau and the rest of them. We need a better Cuban connection/scouts.

Must have Boras on the brain. Roc Nation represents Mr. Castillo.

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The one by Bob Hendley on 9/9/65 was a run scored by Lou Johnson without a hit an he could’ve pitched a no-hitter and still lost. The real story of the game was that he was outpitched by Sandy Koufax who threw a perfect game.

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