Wednesday recap: Photos, facts/figures from Kluber’s — surprise! — dominant start
(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)
Corey Kluber was again dominant on Wednesday. Details on his dominance:
- Registered his first career complete game shutout tonight (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 85 pitches/69 strikes) and his second career complete game, the other coming in a 5-1 win back on April 24 vs. Kansas City, as Kluber surrendered just a single unearned run in that prior outing against the Royals (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO)…marked the third individual CG thrown by an Indians hurler this season (also Josh Tomlin, June 28 at Seattle).
- Kluber threw just 16 balls against 69 strikes tonight…his strikeout-to-walk ratio ratio this season is 5.15 (170 strikeouts/33 walks)…Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to issue zero walks in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings since Cliff Lee in 2009 on July 16 vs. Seattle and July 21 at Toronto…between Lee in 2009 and Kluber in 2014, that feat has been accomplished just two other times: 1) Cliff Lee for Seattle in 2010 on June 18 vs. Cincinnati & June 23 vs. Chicago-NL and 2) David Price for Tampa Bay in 2013 on July 7 vs. Chicago-AL & July 12 vs. Houston…Kluber is the first right-hander to pull the trick since Javier Vazquez for Chicago-AL in 2007 on July 3 vs. Baltimore & July 8 vs. Minnesota.
- Kluber needed just 85 pitches to go the distance tonight…since pitch counts began getting tracked officially in 1988, he is the only Indians hurler to record a 9.0-inning shutout on 85 pitches-or-fewer and just the second since 1988 to do so in 90-or-less, joining Charles Nagy on June 12, 1992 vs. New York-AL (9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 90 pitches).
- Since pitch counts were first tracked in 1988, tonight marked just the 20th individual CG shutout in the Majors on 85 pitches or fewer, first since Boston’s Aaron Cook on June 29, 2012 at Seattle (Cook is the only pitcher since 1988 to complete the feat twice)…of those 20 games, Kluber’s effort tonight marked just the 4th time for a pitcher to also record 8 strikeouts, joining Greg Maddux (July 2, 1997 at New York-AL), Roy Halladay (Oct. 5, 2001-G1 vs. Cleveland) and Rich Harden (July 14, 2005 vs. Texas) – Maddux, Halladay and Harden each finished with 8 K’s.
- Paired with his 9.0-inning no decision on July 24 at Kansas City (9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 107 pitches, 28 batters faced), Kluber has worked 18.0 innings over his last 2 starts, allowing zero earned runs on zero walks and just 5 hits (.089, 5-for-56), while compiling 18 strikeouts…according the Baseball-Reference Play Index, Kluber is the only pitcher in Major League history to face 28 batters or fewer in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings (starts uninterrupted by any relief appearances).