The Gopher Ball Report

by Bill Chuck on September 2, 2013

The Oakland A’s completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt homering for the victors.

A.J. Griffin (12-9) pitched seven innings and allowed one run on five hits and walked one.

The one run he gave up was a James Loney homer.

For Griffin it was his majors-leading 33rd gopher pitch

Rk Player HR Tm G IP
1 A.J. Griffin 33 OAK 28 176.0
2 R.A. Dickey 29 TOR 29 190.2
3 Joe Blanton 29 LAA 27 129.1
4 CC Sabathia 28 NYY 28 183.1
5 Chris Tillman 27 BAL 27 167.0
6 Dan Haren 25 WSN 26 141.2
7 Jeremy Guthrie 25 KCR 28 178.2
8 Hisashi Iwakuma 24 SEA 29 191.0
9 Ryan Dempster 24 BOS 26 151.2
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Generated 9/2/2013.

Most gopher balls in a season since 1916

Rk Player HR Year Tm G IP
1 Bert Blyleven 50 1986 MIN 36 271.2
2 Jose Lima 48 2000 HOU 33 196.1
3 Bronson Arroyo 46 2011 CIN 32 199.0
4 Bert Blyleven 46 1987 MIN 37 267.0
5 Robin Roberts 46 1956 PHI 43 297.1
6 Jamie Moyer 44 2004 SEA 34 202.0
7 Eric Milton 43 2004 PHI 34 201.0
8 Pedro Ramos 43 1957 WSH 43 231.0
9 Denny McLain 42 1966 DET 38 264.1
10 Rick Helling 41 1999 TEX 35 219.1
11 Phil Niekro 41 1979 ATL 44 342.0
12 Robin Roberts 41 1955 PHI 41 305.0
13 Eric Milton 40 2005 CIN 34 186.1
14 Ramon Ortiz 40 2002 ANA 32 217.1
15 Brad Radke 40 1996 MIN 35 232.0
16 Shawn Boskie 40 1996 CAL 37 189.1
17 Bill Gullickson 40 1987 TOT 35 213.0
18 Jack Morris 40 1986 DET 35 267.0
19 Fergie Jenkins 40 1979 TEX 37 259.0
20 Phil Niekro 40 1970 ATL 34 229.2
21 Orlando Pena 40 1964 KCA 40 219.1
22 Ralph Terry 40 1962 NYY 43 298.2
23 Robin Roberts 40 1957 PHI 39 249.2
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Generated 9/2/2013.

Most A’s gophers

The 33 home run balls allowed by Griffin are the most for the A’s since current pitching coach Curt Young gave up 38 in 1987.

Rk Player HR Year Tm G IP
1 Orlando Pena 40 1964 KCA 40 219.1
2 Catfish Hunter 39 1973 OAK 36 256.1
3 Curt Young 38 1987 OAK 31 203.0
4 Matt Keough 38 1982 OAK 34 209.1
5 Catfish Hunter 34 1969 OAK 38 247.0
6 A.J. Griffin 33 2013 OAK 28 176.0
7 Rick Langford 33 1982 OAK 32 237.1
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Generated 9/2/2013.

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