You’ve probably never seen a pitching line like the one Milwaukee Brewers minor-leaguer Angel Ventura put together on Monday night in his start for the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers. Not outside of Little League, at least.
Look at this and pay close attention to the difference between runs and earned runs and comedic difference between the runs scored and Ventura’s ERA.
Ventura and his team allowed 11 — yes, ELEVEN — unearned runs in two innings as his team lost 13-6 to the Montgomery Biscuits. We’ve seen pitchers get shelled before. Jeremy Guthrie gave up 10 runs in two-thirds of an inning for the Washington Nationals over the weekend. That makes a little more sense than what happened to Ventura because Guthrie gave up 10 earned runs.
Giving up 11 unearned runs? That takes an entire team effort.
The Shuckers committed nine errors on the night, including four in a row in the first inning that led to six runs and three in the second inning that preceded a grand slam. Granted, giving up a home run is somewhat the pitcher’s responsibility, but official scoring rules say otherwise, at least when it comes to earned runs. This is how it all went down. It’s even exhausting to read:
And that, kids, is how a Double-A pitcher gave up 11 runs in two innings but left the game with a 0.00 ERA. Baseball never ceases to amaze, does it?
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