Baseball-reference.com has a blog which reports that Travis Wood’s outstanding pitching performance from the other night had a “game score” of 93. The 93 game score is tied for the 6th highest game score (for the periods 1920-39, and 1952-2010) for pitchers in their first 10 career games. (Other periods have not had their box scores sufficiently analyzed for substantive use.)
If you go the website, you can click on the heading for each column to re-order the columns by that particular statistic.
There’s 24 pitching performances (23 pitchers) listed (game scores range from 90-112) and Wood is the only Red. The highest score is recorded by Met pitcher Rob Gardner who pitched 15 innings of five-hit baseball (walking two) in a 0-0 tie versus the Phillies in 1965. There are two nine-inning no-hit performances. One by the Angels’ Bo Belinsky in 1962 (won, 2-0) and a perfect game by Charlie Robertson of the White Sox back in 1922. Robertson’s perfect game came in his third major league start on his way to a 14-15 season. Robertson’s career record was 49-80 with a 4.44 ERA; Gardner went 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA in his debut season. He finished his career 14-18 with a 4.35 ERA. Belinsky’s rookie season finished at 10-11 with a 3.56 ERA. For his career, Belinsky went 28-51 with a 4.10 ERA, including three relief appearances with the 1970 Cincinnati Reds.
There are some superstars on the list. Hall of Famer Juan Marichal hurled a one-hitter, striking out 12; Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax hurled a two-hitter, striking out 14. Kerry Wood, Frank Tanana, and Bruce Kison had outstanding performances; Jose DeLeon is on the list twice.
The highest Reds game score was recorded by Jim Maloney in 1965. He received a game score of 106 for an 11-inning two-hit loss to the Mets (he had a no-hitter through ten innings). Maloney also has the third highest Reds game score (102) in a 1-0 16 inning loss to the Pirates. Maloney gave up three hits, walking two and strking out 13 in 11 innings. Maloney has four of the 11 highest Reds game scores and five of the top 15. (the next three were wins). Sammy Ellis has the second highest game score with a 103 in another Reds loss,, a 2-1 16 inning loss to the Pirates (again) in 1965. Ellis pitched 14 innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10. The highest game score in a game the Reds won is from 1933, when Red Lucas beat the New York Giants, 1-0. His game score 102 ties Maloney for the third highest game score.
Wood’s score was the 18th highest in Reds history. Fortunately for us, the Reds’ list is dominated by players who had extended major league success.