Los Angeles Angels pitcher John Lackey gave up 15 hits to the Texas Rangers Thursday night in just 5 2/3 innings. And he left the game with a chance to win as the Angels were ahead 10-6 at the time. The Angels eventually won 11-10 in 11 innings.
Lackey threw 103 pitches and faced 30 batters in total in the game and 16 of them reached base safely as he also walked one batter. That put Lackey into some rare company. Since 1956, only four other pitchers have allowed that many batters to reach base in such a short time.
Kansas City pitcher Mark Gubicza gave up 15 hits with a walk and a hit batter in 5 1/3 innings of work in the first game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays on September 4, 1995. Gubicza only needed 89 pitches for this feat. And he gave up only five runs, although the Jays won the game 6-1.
The Rangers became the third team this season to lose a game after getting 20 or more hits this season. The Marlins lost in Colorado on July 4 with 22 hits and the Reds lost in San Diego with 21 hits on May 25.