Sporcle Saturday: 10+ K games

I was sitting around the other day thinking about some of the fun White Sox games from last season –as one does these days– and remembered Reynaldo Lopez’s dominant 14K start against the Tigers last April. It was the first game in 2019 that a White Sox pitcher struck out at least ten, and wound up being one of three that Lopez would throw over the course of the season. In total, the team had 10 such games in 2019, a definite uptick from 2018, when they logged just two.

Which got me thinking: how many times have the White Sox had a pitcher strikeout at least 10 batters in a single game? Turns out, the answer is 298, and that is how many instances you’ll be asked to name in this week’s Sporcle. It’s a big number, but it isn’t as if you have anything better to do. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted the full 20 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, the opponent, and the number of strikeouts.

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

  • The overall team record in these games: 213-81-4
  • The largest margin of victory was a 16-0 blowout of the St. Louis Browns in 1915.
  • The largest margin of defeat was an 11-1 drubbing at the hands of the Red Sox, coming in 2007.
  • Two players accomplished this feat back-to-back in a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns on October 4, 1911. The Sox split the doubleheader, winning game one 14-6, and losing game two, 2-1.

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All data from baseballreference.com


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Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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VAChisox

237. I only missed

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DeLeon
from my lifetime, but I was living in Europe then, and have sketchy memories of 1986/1987 White Sox baseball. I also did not know three obscure guys from the mid-1960s. I should have had
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Walsh and Harshman
, which would have increased the score substantially. Fun quiz.

asinwreck

You picked an excellent time to be living thousands of miles away from Comiskey Park. Speaking of the 1986 White Sox, incorrectly guessing

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Steve Carlton
helped me realize I could focus on the guys who were actually good for the Sox.

KenWo4LiFe

I also guessed him.

Patrick Nolan

Yuck, I missed a couple embarrassing ones from recent memory, including

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Carlos Rodon
and
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Jake Peavy
. Only got like 155 I think? Then again, I don’t know old players.

asinwreck

278/298 before I ran out of time. Most of my misses were pre-1960, and my score looks a lot better for guessing old guys who pop up regularly here in my last five minutes. I forgot Frank Smith entirely, and forgetting

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Jack Harshman
knocked my score down.

It’s an interesting quiz because there are far fewer fluke games than I might have feared. These guys tended to be mainstays in the rotation.

I enjoyed

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putting Sale’s name up first to see how many entries he fills.

KenWo4LiFe

259/298. I’m pissed I missed one guy.

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Harshman
and the only guy I missed in my lifetime was
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Deleon

asinwreck

None of us can remember

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Harshman
. It’s like the Bridgeport version of the NKVD erased him from history.

Jim Margalus

I wrote five whole posts about him at SSS.

asinwreck

All purged from our collective memory. I guessed

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Monty Stratton
for this quiz and couldn’t come up with his name.

KenWo4LiFe

Damn Boomer got 260. I got a ton of guys he didn’t

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Bradley Santiago Lee Buzhardt
But he got
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harshman and smith (who he admitted he got by just putting the name because it’s popular!
Bastard. Lol

roke1960

258. Missed several from my lifetime

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Santiago, Deleon, Otoole, Howard and Colon.