A closer look at Josh Tomlin’s historically dominant win over the Mariners

So. Josh Tomlin was pretty good last night/this morning, huh?

Tomlin stifled the Mariners for 9 shutout innings, with a measly single by Kyle Seager standing between Tomlin and perfection.

He struck out 11 Mariners batters and gave up no walks, and faced only 28 batters.

Some historical perspective:

  • The only other game in club history where a pitcher tossed a shutout with one or fewer hit allowed, no walks and at least 11 strikeouts was Len Barker’s perfect game on May 15, 1981.
  • Since 1914, there have only been 20 such games where a pitcher threw a shutout, allowed 1 hit or fewer, fanned 11 batters and walked none.
  • The Indians last one-hit, complete-game shutout was Billy Traber on July 8, 2003 vs. the Yankees.

Said Tomlin early Sunday morning: “I knew I felt good and I knew I was commanding the ball to both sides of the plate,” Tomlin said. “I was on the same page as [catcher Yan Gomes] from the get-go and, the way the defense was playing, it was turning out to be a good night.”

One last note: Kyle Seager may have had two hits, but Ryan Raburn made a fantastic play to keep him to only one:

 

 

 

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