ST. PETERSBURG -- How rare was that epic pitching duel between the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Rays' David Price?
"You don't see games like that much anymore," Royals manager Ned Yost said after his team's 1-0 win in 10 innings on Tuesday.
In fact, research by the Elias Sports Bureau revealed there's only been one other game like it in the Major Leagues since 1900.
Hochevar and Price were the only two pitchers to each work at least eight innings in a game, give up zero runs and three hits or fewer, and strike out at least eight. Both were pulled after the eighth inning. Hochevar gave up one hit and struck out 10; Price surrendered three hits and struck out eight.
The only other game that matched those criteria came on Aug. 26, 1968, in the second game of a doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and the Washington Senators. Jim Perry, in nine scoreless innings for the Twins, gave up two hits and struck out nine. The Senators' Frank Bertaina went 11 shutout innings, with two hits and nine strikeouts. The Senators won in the 13th, 1-0.
"So that was as good a game as was thrown in the last century with two pitchers doing that," Yost said. "And 9,000 fans got to see it."
Paid attendance at Tropicana Field was actually 10,877, plus the game was televised locally in both Tampa Bay and Kansas City.
Also, it was the 14th time the Royals have played a 1-0 game in extra innings; they are 5-9 in those games. The last previous victory was on Sept. 14, 1983, at Anaheim when Don Slaught singled in Hal McRae in the 14th inning to beat the Angels.