Wolf Moves Into Fifth Place

Randy Wolf not only won his sixth game of the year Tuesday night by a 3-2 margin over Milwaukee, he moved into a tie for fifth place in the Pitcher Runs Score list. He allowed only three hits and a single run while striking out five.

Wolf was already ranked in third place with an 80 total against Cincinnati on May 11 and eighth with a 65 while beating Pittsburgh on April 20.

Run scores creates a way to scan a pitchers line from a game and give it a proper rank. Developed by Bill James, it gives different point values for innings pitched and strikeouts, while subtracting for hits, runs and walks. A score of 50 is average with 70 in the fine range, 80 in the remarkable department and over 90 incredible.
Los Angeles  Top 10

RSstarter           score  opponent, date
81 Penny            6-1  at Florida, 5-7
80 Wolf             2-0  Cincinnati, 5-11
76 Tomko            2-1  Colorado, 4-10
75 Lowe             6-3  at Arizona, 5-5
72 Hendrickson      2-1  Arizona, 5-2

68  Penny           3-0   Colorado, 4-15
68  Wolf            3-2  Milwaukee, 5-22
66  Lowe            0-3   at Florida, 5-10
65  Wolf           10-1  Pittsburgh, 4-20
64 Lowe             9-1   San Diego, 4-13
64 Penny            7-3   Cincinnati, 5-12
All-Time Records
As promised, here are the all-time Pitcher Run Scores, although the list is not complete because research is on-going.

We mentioned that extra-inning games allowed a pitcher to accumulate additional points, so we have excluded them in the final standings. However, to point out a couple of remarkable games and the resulting RS, we have included three we have discovered.

Most are familiar with the all-time record 26-inning game played between Boston and Brooklyn on May 1, 1920. The Dodgers Leon Cadore and Boston's Joe Oeschger pitched the entire game, with Cadore's 149-point Run Score setting the all-time record. Sandy Koufax registered a 98 during a 14-inning game in 1966 and Don Drysdale cracked the magic 100-barrier in a 13-inning game in 1961.

As would be presumed, Sandy Koufax dominates the charts, recording an estimated 20 scores of 90 or better. His perfect game against Chicago in 1965 tops the charts and is the only nine inning score over 100. His 1964 no-hitter is second at 98 and his first no-hitter in 1962 is a 95. Demonstrating the difficulty of breaking 90, his third no-hitter (1963) scored an 89.

Chan Ho Park put a 96 in the books in 2000, allowing one hit and fanning 14 Padres.

Only one other player scored more than one 95 is Ramon Martinez who fanned 18 Braves in 1990 and no-hit Florida in 1995, earning a 95 for each effort.

Here are the pitchers who have scored 94 or over in a nine inning game or less:
GS  starter   score  Opp    date
101  Koufax   1-0  Chicago, 9-9-65
 98  Koufax   3-0  at Philadelphia, 6-4-64
 96  Park     3-0  at San Diego, 9-29-00

 95 Koufax    3-0  at Cincinnati, 8-11-60
 95 Koufax    3-0  at Chicago, 6-20-61
 95 Koufax    5-0  New York, 6-30-62
 95 Koufax    4-0  Houston, 4-19-63
 95 Koufax    5-0  Cincinnati, 9-29-65
 95 Singer    5-0  at Philadelphia, 7-20-70

 94 Koufax    3-0  Houston, 5/13/65
 94 Sutton    9-0  at Cincinnati, 6-27-67
 94 Kekich    2-1  2-1  New York, 8-4-68
 94 RMartinez 7-0  Florida, 6-4-90
 94 RMartinez 6-0  Atlanta, 7-14-95

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