Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Madison Bumgarner's nightmare outing
My mom always wanted me to write a book and call it, "I Never Saw THAT Before." Well, if I ever get around to it, I'm pretty sure Madison Bumgarner gave me a whole 'nother chapter Tuesday.
We've already had one epic box-score-line-of-the-century (pick a century, any century) candidate this year in the Royals' Vin Mazzaro (2 1/3-11-14-14-3-2 in RELIEF, on May 16). Then along came Bumgarner on Tuesday night to supply another line never before witnessed in the history of modern baseball. Fasten your seat belts. Here it comes:
1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (of the opposing pitcher)
So how historic was it? Here we go:
• How many other pitchers since 1900 have given up nine hits (or more) without getting at least two outs? That would be NONE, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• But if it makes him feel better, at least Bumgarner wasn't the first pitcher ever to face 10 hitters (or more) in a game and only get one of them out (i.e., at least nine of them reached base one way or another). In fact, he wasn't even the first to do it THIS YEAR. According to ESPN Stats & Info, eight other starters in the live-ball era have pulled that off -- including Ryan Dempster less than two months ago (4 hits, 4 walks, 1 HBP in 1/3 IP on April 28 vs. Arizona).
• Here, however, is the bad news: Of the nine pitchers who have done it, Bumgarner is the only one whose lone out was the pitcher (and an American League pitcher to boot).
• But that's not all: He's also the only pitcher on that list to give up five extra-base hits in the onslaught. The previous record holder was Steve Trachsel, who served up three doubles, a homer, three walks and only one single in a one-out debacle against the Cardinals on Aug. 7, 1998.
• After all that, we haven't even gotten around to the other historic development in this outing: Bumgarner gave up hits to the first eight hitters of the game, before Carl Pavano conveniently showed up at home plate.
It's the seventh time in history a team has kicked off a game with eight straight hits. But Bumgarner is only the second pitcher who stuck around long enough to allow all eight. The other: the Pirates' Zach Duke, to the Cubs, on Sept. 8, 2009.
• Here, for entertainment purposes only, are the other starting pitchers who got mixed up in a game where the opposing team got eight straight hits to begin the first inning:
Sept. 25, 1990: Anthony Telford (Orioles) vs. Yankees (gave up first six)
Sept. 27, 1981: Ross Baumgarten (White Sox) vs. A's (gave up first five)
Aug. 26, 1975: Jamie Easterly (Braves) vs. Pirates (gave up first five)
Aug. 5, 1975: Bill Bonham (Cubs) vs. Phillies (gave up first seven)
April 21, 1973: Nelson Briles (Pirates) vs. Cubs (gave up first five)
The most amazing game on that list? That A's-White Sox classic in 1981. Why? Because the White Sox gave up eight straight hits to start the game and still WON (because LaMarr Hoyt came in from the pen, allowed the sixth, seventh and eighth consecutive hits and then threw NINE shutout innings in relief, giving up just two more hits as his offense awoke to win, 9-5. Crazy.
• The Twins also started this game by going: single-double, single-double, single-double, single-double. And you won't be shocked to learn that no game in history has ever started that way. The only other team to begin a game with four singles and four extra-base hits in any order was those '75 Phillies. They went: single-single-homer, single-double-double, homer-single.
• We shouldn't overlook the Twins' side of this story, either, since they got all the hits. It took them more than three weeks this season to score six runs in any game. They scored six times in this game BEFORE THEY MADE AN OUT.
• How 'bout this tremendous note from the San Jose Mercury News' always-brilliant Giants beat man, Andy Baggarly: The Twins were the first team to lead off a game with eight straight hits and have all eight of those hitters score since those 1990 Yankees. Two of the guys in that Yankees lineup -- Roberto Kelly and Hensley (Bam-Bam) Meulens -- are now coaches for the Giants.
• Finally, here's the quote of the day, from Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "I'll be honest. That's a first for me. To see it go like that -- that's hard to do. I don't care if you're throwing batting practice out there."