Jays Take A Walk on the Wild Side

Last night the Red Sox snuck by the Blue Jays by a score of 7-6.  The game was pretty unique in that Toronto’s starter, Brandon Morrow, walked 6 batters in just 1.2 innings of work.  As a team, the Jays surrendered 6 walks in the 2nd inning alone, with the 6th being issued by Josh Roenicke.  The game as a whole doesn’t rank anywhere near the top for most walks surrendered by one team, as they issued no more walks after the 2nd inning.   But Morrow’s 6 walks for one pitcher in a game has been bested only six times this season. All six of them had 7:

 

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP â–¾ H ER BB SO IBB HBP WP
1 Gil Meche 2010-05-08 KCR TEX L 2-3 CG 8 ,L 8.0 6 3 7 3 0 0 0
2 Mike Leake 2010-04-11 CIN CHC W 3-1 GS-7 6.2 4 1 7 5 0 0 1
3 Derek Lowe 2010-04-10 ATL SFG W 7-2 GS-6 ,W 6.0 4 1 7 4 2 0 0
4 Greg Smith 2010-04-18 COL ATL L 3-4 GS-6 5.1 5 2 7 5 1 0 0
5 Jake Peavy 2010-04-22 CHW TBR L 2-10 GS-5 ,L 4.1 7 7 7 5 0 0 0
6 Oliver Perez 2010-05-09 NYM SFG L 5-6 GS-4 3.1 2 3 7 2 0 1 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2010.

I’ve sorted by innings pitched in an attempt to truly highlight Morrow’s ineptitude. As you can see, Oliver Perez had the shortest outing of the group at 3.1 innings. Derek Lowe managed to get credit for the win and Gil Meche pitched a complete game. Now here is Morrow’s line from his start last night:

 

Pitching IP H ER BB SO
Brandon Morrow, L (2-3) 1.2 3 6 6 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/11/2010.

Morrow was able to record just 5 outs, and somehow managed to record 4 of those via strikeout while turning in what was probably the wildest start of the season thus far. In fact, Morrow is one of just 3 players in the years covered by Baseball-Reference’s Play Index (1920-1939, 1952-2010) to start a game, surrender 6 or more walks, and strike out 4 or more batters in 2 innings or less.

 

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H ER BB â–¾ SO HR IBB HBP WP
1 Stan Bahnsen 1974-05-19 CHW OAK L 3-8 GS-2 ,L 2.0 2 7 6 4 1 1 0 1
2 Paul Rigdon 2000-08-09 MIL SFG L 3-9 GS-2 ,L 2.0 3 5 6 4 2 0 0 0
3 Brandon Morrow 2010-05-10 TOR BOS L 6-7 GS-2 ,L 1.2 3 6 6 4 0 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2010.

I imagine this is a pretty rare feat because the walks clearly display the pitchers’ lack of control while the strikeouts would seem to indicate the opposite. One of Bahnsen’s walks was intentional, but he was the only one of the three to throw a wild pitch. And Rigdon allowed 2 homeruns – ouch. Morrow’s start just may be the best of these three.

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One comment

  1. uuketch@gmail.com

    Looks like these guys didn’t get enough work in Spring training. All of the games above were played in the first month of the season – give or take a few days. Wild post! Sorry couldn’t resist.

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