Catcher takes the loss for Mariners against Tigers (UPDATED)
by Bob Timmermann
Third-string catcher Jaime Burke was pressed into duty in the 15th inning of today's game between Seattle and Detroit at Safeco Field. And it was Burke who ended up taking the loss in the Tigers 2-1 win.
Burke gave up a leadoff double to Miguel Cabrera (boring note: on my fantasy team!) and then wild pitched him to third. Marcus Thames drove home pinch runner Michael Hollimon with what turned out to be the winning run.
The last position player to get a decision as a pitcher was Brent Mayne of Colorado Rockies, who was the winning pitcher in a 7-6, 14 inning game against the Braves on August 22, 2000.
The last position player to get a loss was Jeff Hamilton of the Dodgers in a 22 inning game against the Astros on June 3, 1989. The Astros won the game 5-4.
(I will note that I don't know of a good way of compiling a list of such events. I'm just going from memory. And as of today, I still have a good memory.)
UPDATE - Rocky Colavito got a win for the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers on August 25, 1968. Colavito entered the game in the fourth inning. Johnny O'Brien of the Pirates, who pitched in several games in his rookie year and 25 overall although he was primarily an infielder, got a win for the Pirates against the Phillies on July 3, 1956. Jose Oquendo took the loss for the Cardinals in a 19-inning game against the Braves on May 14, 1988. Take note of the positions played by Tom Brunansky and Jose De Leon in the game. Granny Hamner, an emergency starter for the Phillies after Harvey Haddix hurt himself warming up, was the loser for the Phillies against the Pirates on August 31, 1956. The Pirates pitcher batted seventh in this game also.