In an era of offense, batters came up blank for
Tuesday marked the first time in 34 years that there were seven
shutouts in the major leagues on a single day.
Take that, home-run hitters!
"That's amazing," Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez said.
"That's kind of a freak thing."
In the American League, Boston beat Chicago 1-0, Minnesota
defeated Tampa Bay 8-0 and Kansas City blanked the New York Yankees
Over in the National League, Arizona defeated Florida 4-0, St.
Louis beat Washington 2-0, Cincinnati defeated San Francisco 3-0
and Milwaukee blanked Los Angeles 9-0.
"I was looking at that, too," Texas manager Buck Showalter
said after his team beat Oakland -- not in a shutout, but by 5-4.
"I was hoping we could be part of that on the good end. You
usually see that in day games after night games. Maybe they were
all getting ready for the day game."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most shutouts
on one day since there were a record eight on June 4, 1972, when 16
games were played. Thirteen games were played Tuesday.
"It's a freakish day, that's all -- especially with all the home
runs that are being hit and all the offense in the American
League," Baltimore pitcher Kris Benson said. "It's tough to
understand why something like that happens. It's just one of those
things, like a full moon."
Tuesday marked the eighth time there were seven or more shutouts
on one day. While an average of 6.9 runs per game were scored in
1972, this year's average is 9.9.
"Obviously, pitchers had their day today," Los Angeles Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "Maybe your intuition would say at
this time of year pitchers are probably getting a little tired.
Position players are, too."
"It's such a hitters-oriented time, maybe the hitters just took
a day off," Texas pitcher Adam Eaton said.
St. Louis' Bob Gibson, Oakland's Catfish Hunter, Detroit's Tom
Timmermann, Boston's John Curtis and Houston's Don Wilson pitched
complete-game shutouts on June 4, 1972.
There was one constant: Bruce Froemming, who umpired at third
base in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, worked at first base when
Wilson pitched his two-hitter in Montreal.