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Getting an Incomplete grade on the season
2007-08-24 20:17
by Bob Timmermann

Kevin Millwood of Texas came within one out of getting the Rangers first complete game this year, but was pulled with two on and two outs in the ninth innings of a 4-2 Texas loss to Seattle in Arlington.

The Rangers are one of four teams without a complete game. The other three are in the National League: Washington, Florida, and Atlanta.

Millwood gave up 13 hits in his 8 2/3 innings of work and if he had gone the distance giving up 13 hits he would have been the first pitcher to pick up a CG with 13 hits allowed since C.C. Sabathia did so last year.

The most hits allowed in a complete game in the last 50 years is 17 by Mike Norris of Oakland against Minnesota on September 26, 1980. Norris also gave up 10 runs in the game and four home runs. He pitched the whole game for reasons that Oakland manager Billy Martin took to his grave. Norris gave up five runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers to Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas. Oglivie hit an inside-the-park grand slam.

I'm not sure of what the major league record for most hits allowed in a complete game, but I'm guessing it's pretty high and possibly over 30. The most hits surrendered by any one pitcher in a game is 36 by Jack Wadsworth of Louisville on August 17, 1894. But the only source I could find about that game said that Wadsworth didn't pitch a complete game. Philadelphia beat Louisville 29-4 that day.

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