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:
|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|
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:
|Brandon Morrow, L (2-3)||1.2||3||6||6||4|
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.
|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|
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.