LOS ANGELES -- The dual eight-inning, no-walk, 10-strikeout efforts Monday night by San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw would have blown plenty of dust off the record books in the pre-digital era.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau and statistician Dan Peterson, it marked the first time in baseball's modern era (since 1900) that both starters in a Giants-Dodgers game met or exceeded those three standards.
Bumgarner has pitched three games with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks. Elias found that no other modern-era Giants pitcher has recorded three such games in one season.
Including the relievers' totals, the teams combined for 24 strikeouts and no walks, making this the fourth modern-era game to earn this distinction, Elias discovered. The others, with starting pitchers cited, were Mets-Pirates, Sept. 12, 1984 (Dwight Gooden, John Tudor); Mets-Braves, July 14, 1989 (Sid Fernandez, John Smoltz); and Cubs-Expos, April 9, 2003 (Mark Prior, Javier Vazquez).
Starters for both teams reached double-figure strikeouts while walking none on only two other occasions: the aforementioned Cubs-Expos game (Prior 12, Vazquez 14) and in a Blue Jays-Red Sox game on July 12, 1997 (Roger Clemens 16, Aaron Sele 11).