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):
|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.