One for the books for Redman
Losing pitcher allows 10 runs in first, then settles down
LOS ANGELES -- After making the Rockies' record books in infamy by giving up 10 first-inning runs on Saturday night, left-hander Mark Redman may have established some marks he just might feel happy about. Happy has a real loose definition here.
Redman gave up the most runs a Rockies hurler has given up in an inning to send the Rockies to their sixth loss in the last seven games, 11-3, to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in front of 50,469.
But after the awful first, Redman (2-2) went five shutout innings. It will take a true project to determine whether Redman pitched a) the most innings after giving up 10 in an inning, b) the most shutout innings after giving up 10 runs in an inning, and c) the fewest hits (one) in the most innings after giving up 10 in an inning.
"I think you'd be hard-pressed to find it, I don't know," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Do your homework, when you have some fun or some down time.
"I played in a game in '85, we lost 27-6 to the Phillies, and I can't remember how many runs were scored in the first inning, but it was somewhat similar to that. I think Von Hayes hit a couple home runs in the first inning. But you don't see it very often, especially for him to pitch through the sixth."
After Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 2 1/3 innings in Friday night's eventual 8-7, 13-inning victory, the Rockies asked Redman to save a bullpen that went into Saturday having pitched 89 2/3 innings -- most in baseball. They didn't want him to give up nine runs and let nine straight batters reach -- one was Matt Kemp, who knocked a grand slam -- after two were out in the first.
A bases-loaded walk to Andruw Jones in the middle of the inning seemed to unnerve Redman.
"The walk and the run that scored put it in a downward spiral right there," Redman said. "I made some decent pitches. They got some hits off good pitches. But after the walk I didn't do anything good after that."
Redman righted himself way too late to prevent a loss. But at least he avoided giving up the most runs in a game in Rockies history. Shawn Chacon absorbed 12 runs against the Royals at Coors Field on June 7, 2003.
Saturday's clunker did, though, surpass the nine runs Redman gave up in the first inning while pitching for the Royals against the Tigers on Sept. 23, 2006. Redman entered the game with a 5.23 ERA. It jumped to 9.14 after one inning, but he brought it to 7.42 by the time he left.
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"After 10 runs, you are pretty much past being upset," Redman said. "You can sit in the dugout and say 'poor me,' or you can go out there and try to help the bullpen out for tomorrow's game and eat up some innings."
But concern is in order, rather than congratulations. The Rockies' two young pitching prospects, Jimenez and left-hander Franklin Morales, have ERAs over 6.00 and are beginning to raise questions about whether a move -- to the bullpen or to Triple-A Colorado Springs -- is necessary.
Redman, who like the younger pitchers helped the Rockies late last season, at least established a season high by going six innings. But, like in the home opener when he gave up three first-inning runs to the Diamondbacks, Redman killed his team's momentum.
Brad Penny (4-2) yielded a two-run Garrett Atkins homer in the first inning. But Penny held the Rockies to three runs and four hits in seven innings to improve to 13-2 in his career against the Rockies.
"This is the second time where we've come out of the chute with a gameplan that we didn't establish, so it needs to be addressed," Hurdle said. "We need to make sure we're accountable and responsible for things that go on here. All of us have been. But I don't know it's something that can be swept under the door.
"I mean, you get two quick runs off our boy, Penny, and then you cough up 10. That kind of takes the wind out of the club."
The game was delayed for 18 minutes in the top of the fourth, when Penny's first pitch grazed the glove of catcher Russell Martin and hit plate umpire Kerwin Danley in the jaw area.
Danley was briefly unconscious, and an ambulance was called to take him to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he received precautionary treatment. The Dodgers announced that Danley was alert and improving.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.