Sporcle Saturday: 80+ game scores

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech
(Photo by Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning!

Michael Kopech had himself a nice couple of games recently, making history of the most specific kind over two dominant games against the Royals and Guardians. It was quite run, to be sure, even if it was against a couple of rather punch-less offenses.

Still, Kopech managed to record back-to-back game scores of 80 or better, which is nothing to scoff at. I think (?) the last time a White Sox pitcher accomplished that was in 2020. By now, you know where this is going: which other Sox pitchers have logged a game score of 80 or better? That’s what today’s Sporcle is all about: since 1990, there have been 177 pitching performances that have met that 80 game score threshold. Some of the names are pretty obvious, while others are a bit more obscure. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, the opponent, and the game score.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The White Sox are 165-101 when a pitcher records a game score of 80 or better.
  • Of the 162 games on this list, 58 of them were complete game shutouts.
  • The highest pitch count from the games on this list is a robust 140, coming on 9/5/1995, a 2-1 win over Texas. The lowest count? A miserly 83, a 2-0 shutout against Boston on 5/22/2002.
  • The team most victimized has been the Detroit Tigers, appearing 18 times on this list. Kansas City is just one behind with 17 games, and strangely, a non-divisonal opponent, Seattle, also with 15.

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All data from stathead.com

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169/177. Missed 6 in the 2010s (4 pitchers) and 2 in 1997. Great quiz, Ted!


175/177, forgetting the 9/5/2011 and 5/16/2002 gems. Thanks for doing this one while we still have the spinner of the 8/25/2020 around to appreciate.

The Sox got one of these guys by trading Kenny Williams.


102/177 for me. I can’t believe Cueto and Keuchel never got an 80 game score.Also, I only remembered one pre-2000 pitcher.

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165/177. Not bad. I feel like should have gotten all of them, but you are what your record says you are. I could see

Miguel Gonzalez’s
face in my head, but could not remember his name.


173/177. When I typed the pitcher from 07/21/18, I could’ve sworn the game in question was vs the Red Sox, in which he somehow out-dueled Chris Sale in one of the more improbable wins stored in my memory


Me too! I entered him first thinking “This has got to be the Red Sox game” but it wasn’t???