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By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — This was a sports question from our newsletter: Jorge from Homestead, FL wanted to get this off his chest: “I see where the Houston Astros pulled Ronel Blanco after seven innings of no-hit work over the weekend. Just ridiculous. Am I surprised? No, not in this day and age of babying starting pitchers.”

Marc Says – The worst part is Blanco’s pitch total was only 94 at the time they pulled him, ending his bid to become the seventh pitcher in MLB history with two no-hitters in the same season after first tossing one on April 1. I can assure you, Wilbur Wood—a knuckleballer—pitched and won two games in one day for the White Sox in 1973.

He entered in the 15th inning of a staggered doubleheader for the Pale Hose and won the game with five innings of work, allowing two hits and one earned run. Those five innings were chicken feed for a workhorse like Wood, who threw more than 370 innings the year before and went 24-20 on the season. He topped off the earlier performance with a nine-inning complete game. For the day, he had pitched 14 innings, allowed zero earned runs on six hits and three walks, and picked up two wins on approximately 170 total pitches. So much for living and dying by pitch counts.

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