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It wasn't even that unusual or was it?
2008-04-27 01:41
by Bob Timmermann

Mark Redman's 10 runs allowed in the first inning in Los Angeles was the first time a pitcher had allowed that many in the first inning since last year. Jason Jennings of Houston coughed up 11 runs in the first to the Padres in a game.

What was unusual was that Redman came back out for the second. Actually, it was more unusual that he even survived the first inning as surrendering 10 runs in the first inning is a universal distress symbol to managers that the pitcher is having a bad game.

I tried going through the Play Index to look for pitchers who might have given up 10 runs in the first and then kept pitching. I quickly determined that such a search would be fruitless. But you're welcome to double-check.

Tony Mullane of Boston did give up 16 runs in the first to Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader on June 18, 1894, but I couldn't tell from the Sporting News boxscore if Mullane pitched further in the game. Boston won the game 24-7. Mullane most likely didn't finish the game and I think Bert Inks finished the game.

Baltimore still won the NL that year with an 89-39 record. Mullane made four more starts for the Orioles before he was traded to Cleveland for John Clarkson, a future Hall of Famer, who ended up not appearing in any games for the Orioles and was out of the majors after the season.

In most people's memories, the biggest first inning was Boston's 14-spot put up in the first against Florida on June 27, 2003. The Red Sox scored all those against three different Marlin pitchers, the first two of whom failed to retire a batter as the first 11 Boston batters reached safely.

2008-04-27 13:10:13
1.   Andrew Shimmin
I went through each of those games, and the closest anybody got was nine runs in the first, while still coming back for more. Greg Swindell did it in 1991, and Brett Tomko did it in 2002. (Swindell) (Tomko)

2008-04-27 13:11:40
2.   Andrew Shimmin
D'oh! Jeff Ballard, not Swindell. Swindell was the winning pitcher, in that game.
2008-04-27 17:49:12
3.   BlueMamma
Seeing as how all the Dodger runs came with 2 out, Redman looked like he might not blow it until the grand slam - then there was no point in taking him out. And the game had gone 13 innings the night before - who would pitch the next 6 innings? That's the way I figure it, anyway.

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