Some historical notes

From the Reds:

CUETO & BAILEY: RHP Johnny Cueto threw a 1-hitter in Tue’s 9-0 win at Pit (0bb, 8k), followed by RHP Homer Bailey’s 4-hitter in Wed’s 5-0 win at Pit (0bb, 6k)…they became the first Reds duo to throw consecutive shutouts without issuing a walk since 1925, when Jakie May (7/27 vs Cardinals) and Dolf Luque (7/28 vs Phillies) did it…they are the first Major League teammates age 25 or under to throw consecutive shutuouts since Bal’s Mike Mussina (23) and Ben McDonald (24) did it vs the Rangers in July 1992 and the first Reds pitchers that young to do it since Frank Pastore (22) and Mike LaCoss (23) in April 1980 vs SF and at Atl, respectively…Cueto and Bailey are the first Reds pitchers to throw consecutive complete-game shutouts since Jose Rijo and Tom Browning did it on 6/9 (4-0) and 6/10 (5-0), 1989, both at Dodger Stadium…twice in their history have Reds pitchers thrown 3 consecutive complete-game shutouts, from 6/18-6/20, 1908 at Phi (Bob Ewing, Billy Campbell, Andy Coakley) and from 6/21-6/23, 1963 vs Hou (Jim Maloney, John Tsitouris, Bob Purkey)…all courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.

0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0: With 9-0 and 5-0 wins on Tue and Wed at Pit, the Reds have produced consecutive shutout victories for the first time since a 3-0 win vs Hou on 4/29 of last season, followed on 5/1 by a 4-0 victory at Pit…haven’t had 3 consecutive shutout wins since 6/21-6/23, 1963 vs Hou (3-0 by Jim Maloney CG, 3-0 by John Tsitouris CG, 4-0 by Bob Purkey CG)…the Reds’ current 19.0-inning scoreless streak matches their longest of last season (4/28-5/1)…haven’t thrown more than 19.0 consecutive scoreless innings since a 25.0-inning streak of zeroes from 8/11-8/14, 2000.



What is even more impressive to me than the back to back shutouts is the fact that over the course of two days, they Pirates only sent 57 batters to the plate. Cueto faced 28, 1 over the minimum and Bailey faced 29.

Do you know when the last time a team has sent so few batters to the plate over a two game span (with the exception of a rain shortened game)?

I’ve also been interested in seeing the last time a team’s back-to-back complete game shut outs have been the 1st in the career for both pitchers. I thought finding that info would be a lot easier! lol I would guess maybe the pitchers under 25.

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