Pretty Cool Company
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Zach Stewart Joins Blue and Peters
This from the Elias Sports Bureau:
- White Sox rookie Zach Stewart shut out the Twins on Monday night and allowed only one batter to reach base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch), on a double by Danny Valencia. Only two other rookie pitchers since 1900 have thrown a shutout in which they struck out at least nine with no more than one batter reaching base safely. Oakland’s Vida Blue had nine strikeouts in a no-hitter on Sept. 21, 1970 (the lone batter to reach base was Harmon Killebrew, on a walk) and Gary Peters of the White Sox had 13 strikeouts in a one-hitter (by the opposing starting pitcher, Robin Roberts) on July 15, 1963.
Before Monday, the last White Sox rookie to throw a shutout was Wilson Alvarez, in his no-hitter on August 11, 1991. The only team to go longer since its last shutout by a rookie is the Braves, whose last was by Paul Marak on September 23, 1990.