After a perfect game, few gems

Thursday night in Chicago, the BoSox raked Philip Humber for 9 earned runs in 5 IP, saddling him with a 17 Game Score. Is that the worst follow-up to a perfect game?

Here are the next starts for the 17 perfect game pitchers since 1918:

Philip Humber — 5 IP, 9 Runs, 8 Hits, 3 walks, 17 Game Score, Loss.

Roy Halladay7 IP, 2 Runs, 10 Hits, 1 walk, 55 Game Score, Win, ending Philly’s 4-game slide.

Dallas Braden8 IP (CG), 4 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 56 GS, Loss.

Mark Buehrle — 6.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 45 GS, Loss.

Randy Johnson — 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 65 GS, Win.

David Cone — 4 IP, 6 R (2 ER), 6 H, 4 BB, 37 GS, ND.

David Wells — 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 59 GS, Win.

Kenny Rogers — 5.1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 37 GS, Loss.

Dennis Martinez — 7 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 51 GS, ND.

Tom Browning — 8 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 71 GS, Win.

Mike Witt — 7.2 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 3 BB, 43 GS, Loss. (That was Opening Day ’85; the perfect game was on the last day of ’84.)

Len Barker — 9 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 68 GS, Loss.

Catfish Hunter — 6 IP, 8 R, 8 H, 5 BB, 23 GS … and a Win!

Sandy Koufax — 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 0 BB, 59 GS, Loss.

Jim Bunning —7 IP, 4 R, 11 H, 0 BB, 44 GS, Loss.

Don Larsen — 1.1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 27 GS, ND. (That was his first start of ’57; the perfect game was of course in World Series game 5.)

Charlie Robertson — 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 38 GS, Loss.

Totals: 5 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 No-decisions, 6 Quality Starts, 5.61 ERA, 102.2 IP, 70 Runs, 64 ER, 118 Hits, 31 BB.

The average was about 6 IP, 4 Runs, 7 Hits, 2 Walks, and a 47 Game Score.

So, yeah, Humber did have the worst follow-up in terms of Runs and Game Score. But his clunker has a lot of company.

P.S. Did anyone else notice that Humber‘s first and middle initials are P.G.?

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