Rick Porcello surrendered nine earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, setting Detroit deep behind the eight ball for an eventual 10-0 loss to the Angels on Saturday. Here's the boxscore.
John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press points out that the last MLB pitcher to give up at least nine earned runs in less than a full inning while not allowing more than one extra base hit was the great Bob Gibson in 1967. That might not tell you much about Rick Porcello, but it does prove that what happened on Saturday was weird.
Of course the one extra base hit Porcello allowed was Mike Trout's first-career grand slam. So while Porcello was suffering death by a thousand cuts up to that point, the biggest blow was as big as it could get.
It was the second win in a row for the Angels and the third consecutive loss for the Tigers.
1 run in 3 games is lowest-scoring stretch #Tigers have had under Leyland, as is 3 runs in 4 games. Both are lowest since 2005.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 20, 2013
Not saying Porcello pitched well, but if defense makes a play, inning never gets to Trout.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 20, 2013
Angels score at least nine runs in the 1st inning for the first time since June 29, 1995 at Texas. Halos scored 11 runs in the 1st that day.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 20, 2013
From Baseball-Reference.com: Porcello is first Tigers starter since at least 1916 to get KOd in first and give up at least nine earned runs.— Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) April 20, 2013
On the win:
"It's always good to help your starter out like that. Then they can pound the strike zone and not have to worry too much. We're looking better, stating positive, grinding it out and having great at-bats." (via ESPN.com)
On his grand slam:
"I didn't really think anything of it. It's just another home run. It's cool, I guess. I don't really have much to say about it. I'm just happy it went over." (via LATimes.com)
On his outing:
"I felt like I threw the ball fine, but it wasn’t in the cards for me today. Inducing contact is my goal ... I’ve had games where balls are being hit hard right at guys, and you cruise through seven innings and you walk away feeling pretty good, but you didn’t throw the ball that well." (via Detroit Free Press)
On the grand slam:
"To be honest with you, at that point in the inning I was pretty gassed" (via MLB.com)
"That at-bat, I was fighting for my life to get out of there and just get that last out and regroup. I hung a breaking ball a little too up in the zone and he hit it well" (via MLB.com)
"[Rick was] a little rusty, a little wild, a little unlucky. And that pretty much sums it up" (via MLB.com)
There's some uphill battles and then there's some uphill battles. And that was one of those, 'And then there's some uphill battles.'" (via MLB.com)
"I don't think I've ever seen that before. Besides the ball that Trout hit … I mean, it could have very easily been 1-2-3 in that inning. His command was fine. We were getting the ground balls, the broken bats, the little squibblers off the end and off the handle of the bat."
"It was just like they were in the perfect spot, where they were just out of the reach or just slow enough for the guy to beat it out."
"We didn't score. Either way, whether he gives up 10 runs or no runs, we need to score. Like I was telling you guys during the homestand when everybody was asking about the offense, there's going to be times when we're going to suck. That's just the way it is." (via MLive.com)
On the win:
"Anytime you're facing the Tigers and their offense, runs early, especially runs early, are really important. For us to break the game open at that point is important" (via MLB.com)
On Garrett Richards, who made his second start of the season:
"Garrett is going to get a good look. We’ll see what we’re presented with at the time. We have a lot of confidence in the guys in our rotation. Garrett has a role on our club, if he’s not in the rotation." (via LATimes.com)
I don't know if Fox has a hot gun but Garrett Richards is sitting comfortably at 95-96 in the 6th inning.#Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) April 20, 2013
"I don't pay attention to the score. I try to pitch the same, whether it's 9-0 or 0-0. Those kinds of games are a little bit harder to pitch in, just because you don't want to relax. You want to keep going after guys. I stayed aggressive and kept attacking guys." (via ESPN.com)