Pitchers who threw the most extra-inning games

ADDED 3/19/16: I have now updated this post here.

All right, another excuse to play with Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index…this time, a list of the pitchers who have gone at least 9-1/3 innings in a game the most times since 1954:

Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% ERA CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Gaylord Perry 39 Ind. Games 12 11 .522 1.93 17 1 424.2 312 91 30 84 289 0.93
2 Bob Gibson 25 Ind. Games 9 11 .450 1.73 19 1 265.2 198 51 11 88 205 1.08
3 Jim Palmer 20 Ind. Games 5 5 .500 1.52 10 0 213.1 144 36 14 46 121 0.89
4 Tom Seaver 19 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 1.15 6 1 195.2 117 25 9 43 153 0.82
5 Jim Bunning 19 Ind. Games 5 4 .556 1.19 7 0 196.1 133 26 8 48 164 0.92
6 Robin Roberts 18 Ind. Games 6 8 .429 2.22 12 0 199.0 147 49 17 45 99 0.96
7 Phil Niekro 18 Ind. Games 7 5 .583 2.14 12 0 184.2 134 44 11 47 119 0.98
8 Bert Blyleven 18 Ind. Games 7 4 .636 1.63 9 4 182.1 140 33 8 46 145 1.02
9 Nolan Ryan 17 Ind. Games 6 6 .500 1.86 9 1 178.2 108 37 9 83 224 1.07
10 Jim Kaat 17 Ind. Games 9 6 .600 1.16 12 2 178.0 133 23 5 42 103 0.98
11 Jerry Koosman 16 Ind. Games 3 6 .333 1.45 2 1 161.2 107 26 4 57 120 1.01
12 Luis Tiant 15 Ind. Games 7 5 .583 1.77 11 1 157.1 120 31 8 45 104 1.05
13 Juan Marichal 15 Ind. Games 8 5 .615 1.47 13 2 165.2 119 27 7 31 120 0.91
14 Don Drysdale 15 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 1.52 6 0 160.1 102 27 10 40 121 0.89
15 Steve Carlton 15 Ind. Games 4 5 .444 1.55 8 0 151.0 114 26 4 53 142 1.11
16 Vida Blue 15 Ind. Games 3 5 .375 1.43 3 0 157.1 94 25 6 43 91 0.87
17 Jim Slaton 14 Ind. Games 2 7 .222 2.01 5 0 143.1 109 32 8 42 61 1.05
18 Camilo Pascual 14 Ind. Games 5 9 .357 1.86 12 1 149.2 119 31 9 52 105 1.14
19 Fergie Jenkins 14 Ind. Games 5 4 .556 1.79 9 0 145.2 87 29 15 21 102 0.74
20 Dick Ellsworth 14 Ind. Games 6 6 .500 1.86 10 1 145.1 119 30 6 35 65 1.06
21 Mike Cuellar 14 Ind. Games 10 1 .909 1.24 11 1 145.1 90 20 9 32 99 0.84
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Generated 11/16/2009.

Just as a point of reference, no major league pitcher has gone more than nine innings in a game in the last two seasons, and it’s been done only five times in the last ten years (twice by Roy Halladay).  And Gaylord Perry did it 39 times all by himself (including one game in which he pitched 16 shutout innings and didn’t even get a win).

A quick note of the leaders here:  Perry won 12 games in which he pitched at least about 9-1/3 innings, followed by Mike Cuellar with 10.  Perry and Gibson are tied for the lead in extra-inning losses with 11; Gibson had four in 1969 alone, the most extra-inning losses in a season over the last 46 years.

Gaylord Perry pitched into extra innings eight times in 1972.  That’s as many times as all major league pitchers COMBINED have accomplished that feat over the last 14 seasons (1996-2009).

Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Gaylord Perry 1972 8 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 1.37 7 0 85.2 51 13 5 17 65 0.79
2 Bob Gibson 1969 7 Ind. Games 3 4 .429 1.68 7 0 75.0 54 14 2 22 55 1.01
3 Bill Singer 1973 6 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 2.39 5 0 64.0 44 17 1 28 57 1.13
4 Tom Seaver 1968 6 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 0.89 2 1 61.0 28 6 3 9 35 0.61
5 Mike Norris 1980 5 Ind. Games 4 1 .800 1.27 5 0 56.2 37 8 2 15 24 0.92
6 Mickey Lolich 1971 5 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 1.98 3 0 59.0 41 13 4 11 50 0.88
7 Bob Gibson 1968 5 Ind. Games 3 1 .750 1.01 4 1 53.2 33 6 2 16 41 0.91
8 Mark Fidrych 1976 5 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 2.48 5 1 54.1 44 15 3 14 24 1.07
9 Dick Ellsworth 1964 5 Ind. Games 2 3 .400 3.35 4 0 51.0 51 19 4 13 20 1.25
10 Dick Ellsworth 1963 5 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 1.24 4 1 51.0 37 7 2 12 33 0.96
11 Bert Blyleven 1976 5 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 1.78 3 2 50.2 38 10 4 16 36 1.07
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Generated 11/18/2009.

Here’s a list I like:  most games pitching at least 9-1/3 innings and not allowing a run:

Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% ERA CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 Jim Perry 6 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 62.0 36 0 0 9 28 0.73
2 Bert Blyleven 6 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 0.00 4 4 62.0 35 0 0 18 50 0.85
3 Tom Seaver 5 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 50.0 19 0 0 12 38 0.62
4 Don Sutton 4 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 42.0 15 0 0 14 32 0.69
5 Nolan Ryan 4 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 41.1 14 0 0 13 51 0.65
6 Gaylord Perry 4 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 51.0 32 0 0 11 38 0.84
7 Jerry Koosman 4 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 42.0 21 0 0 13 40 0.81
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Generated 11/16/2009.

Poor Jim Perry and Tom Seaver…each pitched extra innings of shutout ball four times without getting a win.  (Of course, what we can’t easily find is instances of pitchers taking a shutout imto extra innings before giving up a run.  That should count for something.)

The leader in extra-inning complete game shutouts?  Bert Blyleven with four:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R BB SO BF
1 1975-08-27 MIN MIL W 1-0 11.0 6 0 1 13 39
2 1976-06-21 TEX OAK W 1-0 10.0 1 0 4 8 36
3 1976-06-26 TEX CHW W 1-0 10.0 10 0 2 5 40
4 1978-04-26 PIT NYM W 1-0 11.0 6 0 4 8 42
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Generated 11/16/2009.

Notice he won all four games by a score of 1-0.  And two of these came in consecutive starts in 1976!

I mentioned Gaylord Perry’s 16 shutout innings; here are the pitchers who have thrown a 16-inning complete game shutout:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R BB SO BF
2 Juan Marichal 1963-07-02 SFG MLN W 1-0 16.0 8 0 4 10 59
3 Jerry Walker 1959-09-11 (2) BAL CHW W 1-0 16.0 6 0 3 4 55
4 Jack Harshman 1954-08-13 CHW DET W 1-0 16.0 9 0 7 12 65
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Generated 11/16/2009.

The Marichal game is one of the all-time greats; 42-year-old Warren Spahn shut out the Giants for 15 innings before Willie Mays ended it with a home run with one out in the 16th.  (Spahn came back five days later and pitched a shutout.  Harshman came back TWO DAYS after pitching 16 innings and threw two innings of relief.)

For what it’s worth, the last time a starter went more than 10 innings in a game was 1990, when Dave Stewart did it.  It was one of three extra-inning games he pitched that year.  (The last pitchers to have multiple extra-inning games in a season:  Bill Wegman, Jaime Navarro and Mark Langston, all in 1992.

To this point we’ve been looking at starters…since 1954, there have been 24 times that a pitcher has thrown at least 9-1/3 innings in a game in RELIEF.  (Bob Stanley did it twice.)  Here are the six pitchers who went more than 10 innings in a game out of the bullpen:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
1 Lindy McDaniel 1973-08-04 NYY DET W 3-2 2-14f,W 13.0 6 1 1 3 3 1 48
2 Billy O’Dell 1957-08-02 (1) BAL KCA W 5-4 1-13 11.2 6 2 2 3 7 2 45
3 Roger Craig 1959-07-09 LAD MLN W 4-3 3-13f,W 11.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 35
4 Dick Tidrow 1976-08-25 NYY MIN W 5-4 7-17 10.2 4 0 0 0 4 0 35
5 Ray Corbin 1975-05-21 MIN DET W 6-5 1-11f,W 10.1 7 2 1 4 4 1 42
6 Don Gross 1957-08-16 CIN CHC L 6-8 2-12f,L 10.1 7 3 3 3 3 1 41
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Generated 11/16/2009.

And one last list (with some duplication from the previous one)…pitchers who have thrown at least 9-1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R BB SO HR BF
1 Roger Craig 1959-07-09 LAD MLN W 4-3 3-13f,W 11.0 3 0 0 3 0 35
2 Dick Tidrow 1976-08-25 NYY MIN W 5-4 7-17 10.2 4 0 0 4 0 35
3 Darold Knowles 1967-08-09 WSA MIN W 9-7 8-17 10.0 3 0 2 10 0 34
4 Gaylord Perry 1964-05-31 (2) SFG NYM W 8-6 13-22 ,W 10.0 7 0 1 9 0 36
5 Don Mossi 1963-08-24 DET KCA W 4-3 4-13f,W 10.0 3 0 0 3 0 33
6 Hoyt Wilhelm 1959-08-06 BAL CHW T 1-1 9-18f 10.0 2 0 3 7 0 33
7 Len Barker 1977-09-17 TEX MIN W 5-4 8-17f,W 9.2 4 0 3 8 0 34
8 Claude Osteen 1974-09-11 STL NYM W 4-3 14-23 9.1 4 0 2 5 0 35
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/16/2009.
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