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Allowing 8 Runs In Less Than 1 Inning Pitched As A Starter

It actually happens a little more often than I thought. And it happened again tonight.

Yankees fans were welcomed back to baseball with an eight-run first inning by the Toronto Blue Jays. Bartolo Colon was forced to leave after recording just two outs and giving up six hits, two walks and eight runs. However, only three of them were earned due to an error by Eduardo Nunez, who is playing third base in place of Alex Rodriguez. He just got handcuffed on a chopper right next to the third-base bag and never really got a glove on the ball.

The Blue Jays then hit a couple of 40-foot RBI singles, followed by a loud ground-rule double from Eric Thames, and Colon’s night was done. Another run came in a minute later thanks to a balk from Luis Ayala. Also, it looked like Colon aggravated his hamstring while covering first base earlier in the inning. So, it was just a frustrating inning for the Yankees at all stops.

But after about 170 words, that’s not the point of this post.

The basic stats for Colon — eight runs in less than one inning pitched — caught my eye. Remembering Zach Britton’s outing against the Red Sox — which was overshadowed by the Ortiz/Gregg bout — and Madison Bumgarner’s disastrous start against the Twins, I figured that this third instance would be some sort of record.

Not really, no.

True, the three times it has occurred in 2011 is one more than the amount of times it occurred in the past three seasons combined. But a starter allowed at least eight runs in less than one inning five times in 2006 and three times in 2005. The three outings this year that fit the standard took place in a 24-day span. That’s certainly quick, but in 2006, a trio of pitchers did it in a 22-day span. In 2005, Joe Blanton, Tim Redding and Paul Wilson all did it in the month of May during a span of 20 days.

Since the inclusion of the designated hitter in 1973, a starter has done the trick 47 times. It has happened 60 times since 1919, according to baseball-reference.com. Say what you want about how much you think eroidsstay (pig latin, folks) contributed to the number, but that just seems like a lot to me.

As you can see on the link, it happened just once between Sept. 1936 and May 1967. Also, three Hall of Famers allowed at least eight runs in a start that lasted less than one inning — Bob Gibson in 1967, Fergie Jenkins in 1980 and Don Sutton in 1986.

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