Shutout by LA Angels Pitcher Shohei Ohtani: What’s a Shutout?

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LA Angels pitcher, Shohei Ohtani, threw a shutout on Thursday. A shutout in baseball is when a pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow the opposing team to score a run. A shutout is a very rare occurrence in baseball, and it is considered a great accomplishment for a pitcher.

There are two ways that a pitcher can be credited with a shutout. The first way is if they pitch the entire game, from start to finish. The second way is if they enter the game in relief with none out before the opposing team has scored a run, and then they pitch the rest of the game without allowing a run.

In the majority of cases, a no-hitter is also recorded as a shutout if it is performed by a single pitcher pitching a complete game. However, there are a few rare instances where a pitcher can throw a no-hitter but not be credited with a shutout. For example, if a pitcher throws a no-hitter in a game that is shortened due to rain, they will not be credited with a shutout.

Here are some of the most famous shutouts in baseball history:

  • Cy Young’s 56 shutouts, the most in MLB history.
  • Sandy Koufax’s four consecutive shutouts in the 1965 World Series.
  • Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
  • Jim Bunning’s perfect game in 1964.
  • Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hitter in 1974.

Shutouts are a rare and impressive accomplishment in baseball, and they are a testament to the skill and dominance of the pitcher who throws them.