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Pineiro delivers career-best outing


When right-hander Joel Pineiro spun a two-hit shutout at the New York Mets on Tuesday evening, it was the St. Louis Cardinals’ fifth shutout of the season and fifth in Pineiro’s career. It was the third shutout by a single Cardinals pitcher in 2009, in other words, a complete-game shutout. Pineiro has two of the three.

Pineiro, a free-agent to be, had lost his previous five starts and eight of nine. He secured 22 ground ball outs on Tuesday and the two hits allowed are Pineiro’s fewest ever in a complete game. His 2.67 ground-to-fly ball ratio this season is second-best in the National League.

It was the Cardinals’ 29th complete-game shutout this decade. The others are below, starting with the most recent.

Cardinals complete-game shutouts (2000-2009)

Cnt Player Date Opp G App Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Joel Pineiro 5/19/2009 CHC W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 0 5
2 Kyle Lohse 4/12/2009 HOU W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 0 4
3 Braden Looper 6/11/2008 @CIN W 10 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 0 4
4 Chris Carpenter 9/11/2006 HOU W 7 - 0 SHO9 W 9 6 0 0 2 6
5 Chris Carpenter 8/15/2006 CIN W 5 - 0 SHO9 W 9 4 0 0 0 6
6 Chris Carpenter 7/14/2006 LAD W 5 - 0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 7
7 Jason Marquis 8/27/2005 @WSN W 6 - 0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 3
8 Mark Mulder 8/17/2005 ARI W 5 - 0 SHO9 W 9 5 0 0 2 4
9 Chris Carpenter 7/17/2005 HOU W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 0 9
10 Chris Carpenter 6/25/2005 PIT W 8 - 0 SHO9 W 9 4 0 0 0 11
11 Chris Carpenter 6/14/2005 @TOR W 7 - 0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 1 10
12 Mark Mulder 4/23/2005 HOU W 1 - 0 SHO10 W 10 5 0 0 0 5
13 Chris Carpenter 4/21/2005 CHC W 4 - 0 SHO9 W 9 7 0 0 1 6
14 Matt Morris 9/3/2004 LAD W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 11
15 Matt Morris 7/25/2004 SFG W 6 - 0 SHO9 W 9 7 0 0 3 4
16 Matt Morris 9/7/2003 CIN W 9 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 1 8
17 Matt Morris 5/24/2003 @PIT W 6 - 0 SHO9 W 9 9 0 0 2 3
18 Matt Morris 5/19/2003 CHC W 2 - 0 SHO9 W 9 4 0 0 0 8
19 Chuck Finley 2002-08-27(2) @CIN W 5 - 0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 7
20 Matt Morris 5/13/2002 CHC W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 4 0 0 2 7
21 Woody Williams 9/5/2001 @SDP W 2 - 0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6
22 Bud Smith 9/3/2001 @SDP W 4 - 0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 4 7
23 Darryl Kile 5/16/2001 @PIT W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 7 0 0 1 4
24 Matt Morris 5/7/2001 PIT W 7 - 0 SHO9 W 9 4 0 0 1 6
25 Pat Hentgen 9/14/2000 CHC W 4 - 0 SHO9 W 9 3 0 0 0 9
26 Garrett Stephenson 8/5/2000 ATL W 5 - 0 SHO9 W 9 5 0 0 1 5
27 Darryl Kile 7/31/2000 @MON W 4 - 0 SHO9 W 9 6 0 0 1 6
28 Garrett Stephenson 5/29/2000 @ARI W 3 - 0 SHO9 W 9 6 0 0 0 8

It was also the Cards’ tenth complete game two-or-fewer hitter against the Mets in their history and the first since Anthony Reyes accomplished it just short of two years ago – in a game he managed to lose.

Cardinals complete game two-or fewer hitters vs. Mets

Cnt Player Date Opp Gm Reslt App Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 Anthony Reyes 6/27/2007 @NYM L 0-2 CG 5 L 5 2 2 2 2 3 1
2 John Denny 8/9/1979 @NYM W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 3 0
3 Silvio Martinez 9/25/1978 @NYM W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 6 0
4 Silvio Martinez 5/30/1978 @NYM W 8-2 CG 9 W 9 1 2 2 6 2 1
5 Bob Forsch 8/17/1977 NYM W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 5 0
6 Larry Jaster 5/31/1968 @NYM W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 7 0
7 Bob Gibson 1965-09-05(1) NYM W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 8 0
8 Ernie Broglio 6/8/1963 @NYM W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 10 0
9 Ernie Broglio 4/9/1963 @NYM W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 8 0

It was the club’s 75th complete-game two-or-less hit shutout in the last 55 years, but only the first since mid-2006. The others since 1954 follow.

Cardinals complete-game two-or-fewer hit shutouts (1954-2009)

Cnt Player Date Opp Gm Reslt App Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 Chris Carpenter 7/14/2006 LAD W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 7 0
2 Jason Marquis 8/27/2005 @WSN W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 3 0
3 Chris Carpenter 6/14/2005 @TOR W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 1 10 0
4 Matt Morris 9/3/2004 LAD W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 11 0
5 Chuck Finley 2002-08-27(2) @CIN W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 7 0
6 Woody Williams 9/5/2001 @SDP W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6 0
7 Bud Smith 9/3/2001 @SDP W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 4 7 0
8 Jose Jimenez 7/5/1999 ARI W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 9 0
9 Jose Jimenez 6/25/1999 @ARI W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 2 8 0
10 Vicente Palacios 7/19/1994 @HOU W 10-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 1 8 0
11 Bob Tewksbury 8/17/1990 HOU W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 0 3 0
12 Jose DeLeon 9/13/1989 PIT T 0-0 SHO6 5 1 0 0 2 4 0
13 Jose DeLeon 4/21/1989 MON W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 6 0
14 Joe Magrane 8/12/1988 @CHC W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 1 6 0
15 John Tudor 6/23/1988 PHI W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 4 0
16 Larry McWilliams 5/25/1988 CIN W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 6 8 0
17 John Tudor 8/8/1985 CHC W 8-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 1 6 0
18 John Tudor 6/23/1985 CHC W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 6 0
19 Danny Cox 5/31/1985 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 3 0
20 Ricky Horton 6/29/1984 @SDP W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 5 0
21 Bob Forsch 9/26/1983 MON W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 0 6 0
22 John Fulgham 8/17/1979 SFG W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 5 0
23 John Denny 8/9/1979 @NYM W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 3 0
24 Silvio Martinez 6/27/1979 MON W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 0 7 0
25 John Denny 5/15/1979 MON W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 4 5 0
26 Silvio Martinez 9/25/1978 @NYM W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 6 0
27 Silvio Martinez 7/8/1978 PIT W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 7 1 0
28 John Denny 5/24/1978 MON W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 3 0
29 John Denny 5/6/1978 SDP W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 6 0
30 Bob Forsch 4/16/1978 PHI W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 2 3 0
31 Bob Forsch 8/17/1977 NYM W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 5 0
32 Bob Forsch 6/6/1975 @HOU W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 3 0
33 Bob Forsch 4/9/1975 MON W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6 0
34 Reggie Cleveland 9/27/1973 CHC W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 0 3 0
35 Rick Wise 6/18/1973 MON W 1-0 SHO6 W 5 2 0 0 0 3 0
36 Rick Wise 6/13/1973 @CIN W 8-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 3 4 0
37 Reggie Cleveland 7/13/1972 ATL W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 4 0
38 Bob Gibson 8/14/1971 @PIT W 11-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 3 10 0
39 Chris Zachary 5/27/1971 CHC W 10-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 3 0
40 Jerry Reuss 8/28/1970 @LAD W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 5 0
41 Bob Gibson 8/22/1970 @SDP W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6 0
42 Jerry Reuss 1970-08-09(2) MON W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 6 5 0
43 Bob Gibson 6/17/1970 @SDP W 8-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 2 13 0
44 Mike Torrez 4/15/1970 MON W 10-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 6 3 0
45 Ray Washburn 9/18/1968 @SFG W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 0 0 0 5 8 0
46 Bob Gibson 8/19/1968 @PHI W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 11 0
47 Steve Carlton 6/19/1968 CHC W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 0 9 0
48 Larry Jaster 5/31/1968 @NYM W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 7 0
49 Steve Carlton 9/15/1967 @CIN W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 8 0
50 Dick Hughes 5/25/1967 @ATL W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 9 0
51 Ray Washburn 5/3/1967 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 5 0
52 Bob Gibson 5/2/1967 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 12 0
53 Al Jackson 4/25/1967 @HOU W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 3 3 0
54 Jim Cosman 10/2/1966 CHC W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 5 0
55 Ray Washburn 1966-06-19(1) PHI W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 5 0
56 Bob Gibson 1965-09-05(1) NYM W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 8 0
57 Bob Gibson 8/31/1965 @CHC W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 6 0
58 Bob Gibson 5/7/1965 @PHI W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 3 8 0
59 Bob Gibson 9/11/1964 @CHC W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 6 0
60 Ernie Broglio 8/3/1963 PHI W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 5 3 0
61 Ernie Broglio 6/8/1963 @NYM W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 10 0
62 Ernie Broglio 4/23/1963 @HOU W 15-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 2 0
63 Ernie Broglio 4/9/1963 @NYM W 7-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 8 0
64 Ernie Broglio 9/29/1962 @LAD W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 9 0
65 Ernie Broglio 7/15/1960 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 2 14 0
66 Larry Jackson 9/1/1959 @LAD W 3-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 2 4 0
67 Ernie Broglio 6/27/1959 @CIN W 5-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6 0
68 Vinegar Bend Mizell 7/29/1957 PIT W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 0 6 0
69 Von McDaniel 1957-07-28(1) PIT W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 0 4 0
70 Von McDaniel 6/21/1957 BRO W 2-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 4 0
71 Vinegar Bend Mizell 9/7/1956 CIN W 1-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 3 6 0
72 Murry Dickson 1956-08-19(1) CHC W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 1 9 0
73 Harvey Haddix 4/25/1956 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 W 9 2 0 0 5 3 0
74 Willard Schmidt 1955-08-11(2) @MLN W 4-0 SHO9 W 9 1 0 0 3 6 0

As always, thanks to Tom Orf for the data pulls.

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