Saturday night, Rockies righty Jon Gray turned in the best start in the history of Coors Field. He allowed four hits and struck out 16 in his complete-game shutout of the Padres (COL 8, SD 0). Colorado finally seems to have some quality young pitching to build around, and Gray is the centerpiece.
With Saturday’s loss, the Padres joined a very unfortunate — and very exclusive — club. It was the second time this season San Diego has been on the wrong end of a 16-strikeout game by a single pitcher. They fanned 16 times against Phillies righty Vince Velasquez back in April, remember.
It’s been more than a decade since a team last had multiple games in which the opposing starter had 16-plus strikeouts. Only 11 teams have done it in history. Here’s the list:
- 2016 Padres: Vincent Velasquez and Jon Gray
- 2002 Brewers: Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson
- 1997 Athletics: David Wells and Randy Johnson
- 1988 Royals: Roger Clemens twice
- 1986 Mariners: Roger Clemens and Jose Rijo
- 1974 Red Sox: Nolan Ryan twice
- 1972 Twins: Rudy May and Nolan Ryan
- 1970 Phillies: Steve Carlton and Bob Gibson
- 1968 Reds: Don Wilson twice
- 1968 Twins: Luis Tiant twice
- 1965 Mets: Chris Short and Jim Maloney
Keep in mind this list refers to 16 strikeouts by one pitcher. Countless teams have struck out 16-plus times against multiple pitchers multiple times a single season. Heck, the Marlins have eight games with at least 16 strikeouts this season, albeit none by one pitcher. Yikes.
The Padres come into Sunday with the lowest team batting average (.235) and second highest team strikeout rate (25.0 percent) in all of baseball this season. Only the Brewers have gone down on strike three more often this year (25.4 percent). San Diego is exactly the kind of team prone to get dominated by power pitchers who miss bats. Velasquez and Gray have shown that.
Source: CBS Sports / The Padres joined an unfortunate club by being dominated by Jon Gray