Yu Darvish Whiffs 15, Allows One Hit

by Bill Chuck on August 13, 2013

Yu Darvish struck out a career-high 15 while allowing only a Carlos Corporan homer in eight innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Astros, 2-1, for their season-high eighth straight victory. Texas has now won 13 of 14 games.

Houston’s only other runner came when rookie Jonathan Villar drew a two-out walk in the 6th on which the pitch before the walk, Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa on a breaking ball he called low.

Take a look how Yu and AJ were right and the ump was Kulpa-ble, in my article on BaseballAnalytics.org.

But let’s not dwell on the negative, let’s focus on Darvish.

20 Games

At least 15 whiffs while allowing no more than one hit

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 TEX TOR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 16 0
2 Nolan Ryan 1974-09-28 CAL MIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 8 15 0
3 Nolan Ryan 1973-07-15 CAL DET W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 4 17 0
4 Don Wilson 1967-06-18 HOU ATL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 3 15 0
5 Warren Spahn 1960-09-16 MLN PHI W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 2 15 0
6 Yu Darvish 2013-08-12 TEX HOU W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 1 1 1 15 1
7 Brandon Morrow 2010-08-08 TOR TBR W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 2 17 0
8 Curt Schilling 2002-04-07 ARI MIL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 2 17 0
9 Randy Johnson 2001-07-18 ARI SDP W 3-0 3-9f ,W 7.0 1 0 0 1 16 0
10 Mike Mussina 2000-08-01 BAL MIN W 10-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 2 15 0
11 Pedro Martinez 1999-09-10 BOS NYY W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 1 1 1 0 17 1
12 Kerry Wood 1998-05-06 CHC HOU W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 20 0
13 Randy Johnson 1997-06-08 SEA DET W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 3 15 0
14 Randy Johnson 1993-09-16 SEA KCR W 14-1 GS-8 ,W 7.1 1 1 1 6 15 0
15 Randy Johnson 1992-09-16 SEA CAL L 1-2 GS-9 9.0 1 1 0 1 15 0
16 Nolan Ryan 1990-04-26 TEX CHW W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 2 16 0
17 Nolan Ryan 1989-04-12 TEX MIL W 8-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 2 15 0
18 Nolan Ryan 1972-07-09 CAL BOS W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 1 16 0
19 Tom Seaver 1970-05-15 NYM PHI W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 15 0
20 Nolan Ryan 1970-04-18 NYM PHI W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 6 15 0
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Generated 8/13/2013.

Four Games

15 whiffs, one hit, one walk

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 Yu Darvish 2013-08-12 TEX HOU W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 1 1 1 15 1
2 Randy Johnson 2001-07-18 ARI SDP W 3-0 3-9f ,W 7.0 1 0 0 1 16 0
3 Randy Johnson 1992-09-16 SEA CAL L 1-2 GS-9 9.0 1 1 0 1 15 0
4 Nolan Ryan 1972-07-09 CAL BOS W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 1 16 0
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Generated 8/13/2013.

Eight Games

2013 games with at last 14 whiffs

Five by Darvish

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str
1 Yu Darvish 2013-08-12 TEX HOU W 2-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 1 1 1 15 1 115 74
2 Yu Darvish 2013-04-02 TEX HOU W 7-0 GS-9 ,W 8.2 1 0 0 0 14 0 111 78
3 Jose Fernandez 2013-08-02 MIA CLE W 10-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 1 14 0 108 75
4 Yu Darvish 2013-05-05 TEX BOS W 4-3 GS-7 7.0 4 3 3 2 14 2 127 78
5 Yu Darvish 2013-08-01 TEX ARI W 7-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 0 0 0 14 0 111 78
6 Anibal Sanchez 2013-04-26 DET ATL W 10-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 1 17 0 121 84
7 Chris Sale 2013-06-14 CHW HOU L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 6 2 0 1 14 0 124 85
8 Yu Darvish 2013-05-27 (2) TEX ARI L 4-5 GS-8 7.2 7 4 4 0 14 1 116 83
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Generated 8/13/2013.

11 Pitchers

At least five 14-strikeout games in a season

Rk Player Year # SO
1 Pedro Martinez 1999 8 121
2 Randy Johnson 2001 8 124
3 Nolan Ryan 1974 6 102
4 Nolan Ryan 1972 6 92
5 Randy Johnson 1997 6 98
6 Sam McDowell 1968 5 73
7 Randy Johnson 1998 5 75
8 Randy Johnson 1993 5 72
9 Randy Johnson 2002 5 79
10 Randy Johnson 1999 5 74
11 Yu Darvish 2013 5 71
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Generated 8/13/2013.

Nine to Know

Most strikeouts in a season – Texas Rangers franchise

Rk Player SO Year Age Tm GS IP
1 Nolan Ryan 301 1989 42 TEX 32 239.1
2 Nolan Ryan 232 1990 43 TEX 30 204.0
3 Fergie Jenkins 225 1974 31 TEX 41 328.1
4 Charlie Hough 223 1987 39 TEX 40 285.1
5 Yu Darvish 221 2012 25 TEX 29 191.1
6 Bobby Witt 221 1990 26 TEX 32 222.0
7 Yu Darvish 207 2013 26 TEX 23 153.2
8 C.J. Wilson 206 2011 30 TEX 34 223.1
9 Nolan Ryan 203 1991 44 TEX 27 173.0
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Generated 8/13/2013.

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