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Old 04-15-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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Four Times Rarer Than a No-Hitter (Or Hitting for the Cycle)

On Friday the 13th, Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz entered the game in the 5th inning with none out and the bases loaded and struck out the side. This feat has been accomplished only 27 times since 1960. Unfortunately, the Cubs had already given up six runs in that inning and went on to lose the game. A list of the 27 honorees is linked below.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=328

Wuertz wasn't really familiar to me, but his impressive peripherals lead one to believe that a future as a closer should be on the horizon. This should raise his profile among baseball fans considerably.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/wuertmi01.php

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Old 04-15-2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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dola,

I second the motion to append this feat with the Belinda nametag. Coolio.
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:59 PM   #3
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Satistics cannot compenstate playing for the Cubs
Cubs and bright future should never enter the same sentance together
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:26 PM   #4
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Cubs and bright future should never enter the same sentance together
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:33 PM   #5
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Cubs and bright future should never enter the same sentance together

Just ask Kerry Wood and Mark Prior
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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I believe that Mark Lowe (Mariners) walked the bases loaded in his major league debut last year and then proceeded to strike out the next three batters.
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:40 PM   #7
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I believe that Mark Lowe (Mariners) walked the bases loaded in his major league debut last year and then proceeded to strike out the next three batters.
No, but he did load the bases with no outs and the pitch out of the jam without allowing a run:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2...070SEA2006.htm
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Interesting. I was definitely wrong, but both Wikipedia and another site have the 'struck out the side' story. An article from the local paper confirms that it was 2 strikeouts and a force out at the plate.
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:00 PM   #9
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Q: How often does this happen - a pitcher walks four batters in an inning without allowing a run?

A: Only seven times in the last ten seasons.

"On Friday night, Pirates rookie Juan Perez was thrown out there to start the ninth inning in a game the Pirates were losing, 8-2, and proceeded to walk four of the first five batters he faced.

Fortunately for him, the middle batter in that sequence was a leading contender for the highly-coveted title, “Slowest Man in the Major Leagues.” (Also known as “Slowest Member of the Molina Family.”) Bengie hit into a double play; Russ Ortiz would thus come to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, and when he flied out Perez had escaped the inning without allowing a run to score."


List of "achievers" linked below.

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Q: How often does a player reach base seven times in a single game and not score a single run?

A: It's happened only 4 times since 1960.

"It was easy to miss, given that the game was completed over two days, but in the Brewers/Marlins tilt that started Tuesday and was completed on Wednesday, Prince Fielder went 4-for-4, and walked three times (twice intentionally). You don’t see a guy reach base seven times in one game all that often.

You definitely don’t see a guy reach base seven times in one game without scoring a single run, yet that’s what Fielder did. True, two of his walks were intentional, but that still meant he reached base five times of his own accord, once on a double, and yet his teammates could not drive him in even once. Bill Hall and Johnny Estrada, the two batters behind him in the lineup, combined to go 2-for-13.


You should carews on by and have a look, but be home blyleven, at the list of stranded honorees linked below.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/?p=323

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I remember when Tyler Walker did that a couple of years back.
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Stolen from another board: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/m...pbp&pid=457440
5.2 IP. How many strike outs?
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5.2 IP. How many strike outs?
Interesting coincidence as BB Prospectus's minor league guru Kevin Goldstein profiled Dewon Day in his article today. Thinks Day has a shot, "a late bloomer," despite being 27 and pitching in AA. Dewon was almost 23 when drafted and then had his development delayed further by Tommy John surgery in 2004.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ar...articleid=6107

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Old 04-20-2007, 12:00 PM   #15
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Q: What's rarer than a 5-for-5 game....meaning five hits in five at bats?

A: How about 5 walks in five trips to the plate as Jim Thome did against the Rangers last night.

Over the past two seasons (2005-2006), only Ryan Howard and Brian Giles have accomplished this feat whilst 37 players had the traditional 5/5 performance.
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Q: What's rarer than a 5-for-5 game....meaning five hits in five at bats?
A: a 6-for-6 game with 1 walk?

A: a 4-for-4 game with 3 walks?
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how about a 10-for-10 game, I bet those are EXTREMLY rare?
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