Stat of the Afternoon: Lots of Strikeouts, No Walks

That'll help the ol' FIP.

Today, Yovani Gallardo pitched a wonderful game. He allowed just four hits in seven innings, with one earned run coming on an Andrew McCutchen home run. Gallardo also struck out 14 Pirates hitters while walking none.

That is the most batters a Brewers pitcher has ever struck out without giving up a walk. Here are the Brewers pitchers who had zero walks with at least twelve strikeouts in a game:

Player Date Opponent Strikeouts Walks
Yovani Gallardo July 15, 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 14 0
Dave Bush July 10, 2008 Colorado Rockies 13 0
Yovani Gallardo June 24, 2010 Minnesota Twins 12 0
Chris Capuano June 16, 2006 Cleveland Indians 12 0
Jamey Wright August 31, 2001 Houston Astros 12 0
Teddy Higuera July 15, 1988 Texas Rangers 12 0

Gallardo still needed quite a few to catch up to the All-Time record for most strikeouts with no walks:

Player Date Opponent Strikeouts Walks
Randy Johnson May 8. 2001 Cincinnati Reds 20 0
Kerry Wood May 6, 1998 Houston Astros 20 0
Roger Clemens September 18, 1996 Detroit Tigers 20 0
Roger Clemens April 29, 1986 Seattle Mariners 20 0
Randy Johnson June 24, 1997 Oakland Athletics 19 0
Luis Tiant July 3, 1968 Minnesota Twins 19 0
Roger Clemens August 25, 1998 Kansas City Royals 18 0

Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford also contributed three strikeouts combined, with zero walks. That gave the team as a whole 17 strikeouts and 0 walks on the day. That ties the Brewers team record for a game. The 2007 Brewers also reached those numbers on April 10 of that year against the Florida Marlins. Get ready for a fun list of former Brewers.

Claudio Vargas started the game and pitched five innings with nine strikeouts. Carlos Villanueva then pitched 1.1 innings with a strikeout. Brian Shouse (0.2 innings) and Matt Wise (1 inning) did not strike anyone out. Derrick Turnbow did, striking out two in one inning. Greg Aquino picked up three more strikeouts in a couple of innings, with Elmer Dessens and Francisco Cordero wrapping things up with an inning and a strikeout apiece.

(h/t to Waterologist)

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