Fun with B-R Play Index

By now, everyone is familiar with the addiction that comes with Baseball Reference’s Play Index. I can get lost for hours on end on this page. To make matters worse, last night gave us a PI-worthy game, as Cliff Lee struck out 16 hitters in seven innings as the Phillies lost 5-0 to the Atlanta Braves. I’ll be surprised if a few of the following findings don’t show up in a Jayson Stark article soon.

16 or more strikeouts in 7 or fewer innings

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP ER BB SO Pit
1 Cliff Lee 2011-05-06 PHI ATL L 0-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 3 1 16 117
2 Jake Peavy 2007-04-25 SDP ARI L 2-3 GS-7 7.0 0 3 16 117
3 Jake Peavy 2006-05-22 SDP ATL L 1-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 2 1 16 114
4 Randy Johnson 2001-09-27 ARI MIL W 13-11 GS-7 ,W 6.2 5 2 16 126
5 Randy Johnson 2001-08-23 ARI PIT L 1-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 4 2 16 115
6 Randy Johnson 2001-07-18 ARI SDP W 3-0 3-9f ,W 7.0 0 1 16 109
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Generated 5/7/2011.

16 or more strikeouts while earning a loss

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP SO
1 Randy Johnson 1997-06-24 SEA OAK L 1-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 19
2 Nolan Ryan 1974-08-20 CAL DET L 0-1 CG 11 ,L 11.0 19
3 Steve Carlton 1969-09-15 STL NYM L 3-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 19
4 Jim Maloney 1965-06-14 CIN NYM L 0-1 CG 11 ,L 11.0 18
5 Warren Spahn 1952-06-14 BSN CHC L 1-3 CG 15 ,L 15.0 18
6 Bob Feller 1938-10-02 (1) CLE DET L 1-4 9.0 18
7 Pedro Martinez 2000-05-06 BOS TBD L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 9.0 17
8 Randy Johnson 1999-06-30 ARI CIN L 0-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 17
9 Cliff Lee 2011-05-06 PHI ATL L 0-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 16
10 Jake Peavy 2006-05-22 SDP ATL L 1-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 16
11 Randy Johnson 2001-08-23 ARI PIT L 1-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 16
12 Sid Fernandez 1989-07-14 NYM ATL L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 8.0 16
13 Dwight Gooden 1984-09-17 NYM PHI L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 16
14 Steve Carlton 1967-09-20 STL PHI L 1-3 CG 8 ,L 8.0 16
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Generated 5/7/2011.

16 or more strikeouts, game score under 65

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H ER BB SO GSc
1 Randy Johnson 2001-08-23 ARI PIT L 1-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 5 4 2 16 65
2 Cliff Lee 2011-05-06 PHI ATL L 0-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 9 3 1 16 62
3 Randy Johnson 2001-09-27 ARI MIL W 13-11 GS-7 ,W 6.2 7 5 2 16 54
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Generated 5/7/2011.

Phillies pitchers with 16 or more strikeouts in a game

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP BB SO
1 Chris Short 1965-10-02 (2) PHI NYM T 0-0 GS-15 15.0 3 18
2 Art Mahaffey 1961-04-23 (2) PHI CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 17
3 Cliff Lee 2011-05-06 PHI ATL L 0-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 1 16
4 Curt Schilling 1997-09-01 PHI NYY W 5-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 0 16
5 Steve Carlton 1982-06-09 PHI CHC W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 2 16
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Generated 5/7/2011.

The above is another great example of how great the PI is — I had forgotten about that 1965 game between the Phillies and Mets, which ended in a 0-0 tie. It was the second game of a double-header; a curfew ended that game, according to the Internet. It gets better: the two teams played 22 total innings the next day with another double-header; one, a standard nine-innning affair, while the second game went 13 innings.