May 25, 2011- Relief pitcher Vin Mazzaro of the Kansas City Royals set a Major League Baseball record last night, but not the type you want. His was a record of futility as he gave up a record setting number of runs for a relief pitcher. He allowed 14 runs in just 2 1/3 innings of pitching. After the conclusion of the game he was denoted to the minors.
No pitcher before Mazzaro has allowed 14 runs in less innings according to STATS, LLC, a copy whose data dates back to the early 1900’s. He seemed to take the game in stride saying how tough the game was and how some of the plays did not go his way. There have been relief pitchers that have given up more rooms and hits but they pitched for more innings or they included unearned runs due to errors on the playing field.
Mazzaro entered the game in the first inning to relieve the starting pitcher and he lasted until the fourth inning after giving up 10 runs alone in the fourth. The Royals team record of allowing runs in a game stood before last night at 11 (done three times) but Mazzaro broke that record as well.
If there was any silver lining it was that he did not get the loss. He relieved starter Kyle Davies in the first inning and Davies had already given up runs. After the game Mazzaro was told by the team manager he would be joining their Triple-A team the Omaha Storm Chasers.