The Most Pitchers Used in 9 Inning Games Report

by Bill Chuck on October 9, 2013

It was amazing to watch the chess match between the creative genius Rays manager Joe Maddon and the professorial genius Red Sox John Farrell.

As one moved, the other countered but ultimately the Rays ran out of moves as the Sox emerged victorious, 3-1.

As many report that Maddon used nine pitchers, a postseason record for a nine-inning game with potential Game 5 starter David Price warming up for a potential 10th inning, I want to up the ante.

Since 1916, when allowing three runs or less, no manager has used nine pitchers in a nine-inning game

The most had been eight

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR #
1 2013-09-22 CLE HOU W 9-2 9.0 9 2 2 2 12 1 8
2 2013-09-13 CLE CHW W 3-1 9.0 9 1 0 4 12 0 8
3 2013-07-20 SFG ARI W 4-3 9.0 9 3 3 6 6 0 8
4 2012-10-03 ATL PIT W 4-0 9.0 4 0 0 0 11 0 8
5 2012-09-12 SFG COL W 8-3 9.0 8 3 3 5 11 1 8
6 2011-09-21 (1) NYY TBR W 4-2 9.0 9 2 2 2 10 1 8
7 2010-10-02 TBR KCR W 4-0 9.0 8 0 0 2 7 0 8
8 2010-06-26 BOS SFG W 4-2 9.0 6 2 2 3 8 0 8
9 2008-09-17 MIL CHC W 6-2 9.0 6 2 2 3 8 1 8
10 2002-09-28 SFG HOU W 5-2 9.0 9 2 2 1 2 2 8
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Generated 10/9/2013.

The most pitchers used in a postseason game

Rk Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR #
1 2013-10-08 ALDS 4 TBR BOS L 1-3 9.0 6 3 3 8 10 0 9
2 2005-10-25 WS 3 CHW HOU W 7-5 14.0 8 5 3 12 14 1 9
3 1999-10-17 NLCS 5 NYM ATL W 4-3 15.0 13 3 3 10 19 0 9
4 2012-10-13 ALCS 1 NYY DET L 4-6 12.0 15 6 6 4 10 1 8
5 2012-10-11 ALDS 4 BAL NYY W 2-1 13.0 7 1 1 5 11 0 8
6 2012-10-11 ALDS 4 NYY BAL L 1-2 13.0 8 2 2 3 12 1 8
7 2011-10-27 WS 6 TEX STL L 9-10 10.0 13 10 8 7 6 3 8
8 2009-10-19 ALCS 3 NYY LAA L 4-5 10.2 13 5 5 2 3 2 8
9 2009-10-17 ALCS 2 NYY LAA W 4-3 13.0 8 3 3 7 10 0 8
10 2009-10-09 ALDS 2 NYY MIN W 4-3 11.0 12 3 3 7 12 0 8
11 2007-10-13 ALCS 2 BOS CLE L 6-13 11.0 17 13 13 5 9 3 8
12 2005-10-25 WS 3 HOU CHW L 5-7 14.0 14 7 7 9 11 2 8
13 2005-10-09 NLDS 4 HOU ATL W 7-6 18.0 13 6 6 11 16 2 8
14 2002-10-05 NLDS 3 SFG ATL L 2-10 9.0 10 10 10 7 8 1 8
15 1999-10-19 NLCS 6 NYM ATL L 9-10 10.1 10 10 10 8 5 0 8
16 1996-10-05 ALDS 4 TEX NYY L 4-6 9.0 12 6 6 3 7 2 8
17 1975-10-21 WS 6 CIN BOS L 6-7 11.0 10 7 7 7 7 3 8
18 1967-10-11 WS 6 STL BOS L 4-8 8.0 12 8 8 2 2 4 8
19 1961-10-09 WS 5 CIN NYY L 5-13 9.0 15 13 11 6 6 2 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/9/2013.

{ 1 comment }

Gregory J. Condon October 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

We saw an excellent “chess match” (I mean baseball game) last night, one that demonstrated that Farrell is right there w/Madden, the latter of whom I consider to be one of the best managers in the game……….

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