So yeah, Vin had a rough night.
In fact, his night was historically bad. Almost impossibly bad. It was perhaps the worst night that any major league pitcher has ever had, without suffering an injury.
Mazzaro allowed 14 earned runs in just 2.1 innings against Cleveland on Monday. No pitcher has given up so many runs over such a short stretch over the past 110 years, according to Elias. Since World War II, only two pitchers have yielded 14 earned runs in an appearance of any length: Bill Travers in '77 and Mike Oquist in '98. No reliever had given up 14 since some dude named Les McCrabb in '42.
For a pitcher to even be allowed to deliver a line like Mazzaro's, he needs a special set of circumstances. The stars aligned for Vin on Monday, in the worst imaginable way. Royals starter Kyle Davies(notes) checked out in the first inning with a shoulder injury, having retired just one batter and walking three. Nate Adcock(notes) entered the game in relief and immediately allowed two inherited runners to score. Adcock gave up another run in the second, then walked Carlos Santana(notes) to open the third.
And then Mazzaro relieved him. The rest is (terrible) history.
Mazzaro actually navigated the third inning successfully, stranding Santana at third base. But the fourth didn't go as well. Cleveland banged out eight hits in the inning, including a three-run homer by Michael Brantley(notes), and they eventually crossed the plate 10 times. When the fourth inning smoke cleared, the Royals trailed 13-1.
Then, in what will surely go down as an all-time take-one-for-the-team moment, Mazzaro returned for another beating in the fifth, as Kansas City manager Ned Yost attempted to save his bullpen. Vin retired the first batter he faced in the inning on a deep fly, but then gave up a double, walk and a pair of singles. He was replaced by Jeremy Jeffress(notes), who naturally allowed all of Mazzaro's base-runners to score.
When the book finally closed on Vin, his stat line looked like this:
So, um ... yikes. At least he didn't get the loss.
"It was a tough game," he would later say. No reasonable observer could argue.
The Tribe added two more runs in the sixth, unnecessarily, and cruised to a 19-1 win. Brantley finished 2-for-4 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and four RBIs. First baseman Matt LaPorta(notes) went 4-for-4 with two doubles, driving in four. Every member of Cleveland's starting lineup scored at least one run, and everyone except LaPorta scored multiple runs.
An incredible drubbing, basically. Mazzaro was optioned to Omaha following the game, the perfect end to a disastrous night.
Somewhere, there's a fantasy owner or two who had Mazzaro in their active lineup, in the deepest of leagues. He was originally scheduled for two starts this week, after all, before the Davies injury forced an emergency appearance. Sean O'Sullivan(notes) will take Tuesday's start, and the Royals will reportedly call up 22-year-old lefty Danny Duffy(notes) — one of their many prospects of interest — for a Wednesday turn versus Texas. Duffy has a 3.00 ERA over seven Triple-A starts, with 43 Ks in just 36.0 innings. He was ranked as Kansas City's seventh-best prospect by Baseball America entering the season; that may not sound too special, but recall that the Royals' system is absolutely loaded.
If anyone is willing to admit to Mazzaro ownership, let's hear about it in comments. Or if you're simply a grateful manager who has either Brantley (19 percent owned) or LaPorta (15 percent) on the roster, this would be the appropriate place to express your thanks...
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