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Cliff Lee’s stat line from Wednesday night is beyond impressive.Lee pitched 10 innings, giving up 0 runs on 7 hits with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks. And he did it all while only throwing 102 pitches.
The only problem is that the San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain matched him punch for punch and the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 in 11 innings.
Going back to 1969, a.k.a the modern baseball era when the pitching mound was lowered to its current parameters, only seven other pitchers have pitched 10 or more shutout innings without giving up a walk in a game their team lost.
Here’s the list, courtesy of Baseball Reference:
Bret Saberhagen, New York Mets 10 innings 2-1 loss 1994
Erik Hanson, Seattle Mariners 10 innings 1-0 loss 1990
Jose DeLeon, St. Louis Cardinals 11 innings 2-0 loss 1989
Ken Schrom, Cleveland Indians 10 innings 4-0 loss 1986
Tommy John, California Angels 13 innings 1-0 loss 1983
Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles 11 innings 1-0 loss 1977
Mike Paul, Texas Rangers 11 innings 2-0 loss 1972
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