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Nationals’ Jeremy Guthrie allows 10 earned runs in 2/3 innings in first MLB game since 2015


Jeremy Guthrie completed what many would describe as remarkable journey back to Major League Baseball. Unfortunately for Guthrie his return after spending 2016 with two minor league affiliates went awfully bad.

Guthrie got the spot start on Saturday for the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies after looking well in spring training. He did not make it out of the first inning, giving up 10 earned runs in 2/3 innings. He walked four, allowed six hits, as the Phillies put up 12 runs in the first frame. He was replaced by reliever Enny Romero, who allowed the two additional runs.

What makes matters worse for Guthrie, his baffling return came on his 38th birthday. He allowed a lead-off double, single, stolen base, and walk before recording his first out which came off a sacrifice fly to score the Phillies’ first of a dozen runs in the inning. The night just was not neither his or the Nationals night.

After 47 pitches (25 strikes and 22 balls), Guthrie finished the night sporting an ERA of 135.00. He became just the fifth pitcher in the live-ball era to allow 10 earned runs without making it out of the first inning, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Washington went on to lose the game 17-3, dropping them to 3-2 on the season.

The Nationals optioned Joe Ross, who is inked in as the team’s fifth starter on arguably MLB’s best rotation, in order to carry an extra bench player in large due to the off day during opening week. Per MLB rules, Ross is ineligible to be recalled until he spends 10 days in the minors, lending him to make his season debut on Apr. 22. Guthrie was re-assigned following spring training and agreed to report to Triple-A Syracuse until Saturday’s call-up with Ross being unable to come up until later.

Guthrie who debuted with the Cleveland Indians in 2004, pitched most recently in the majors with the Kansas City Royals in 2015. Coincidentally, that season he allowed 11 earned runs off nine hits in the first inning in a May 25 start against the New York Yankees . After Saturday’s dubious start, he becomes the first pitcher to allow 10 earned runs in an inning or less on two separate occasions during the live-ball era (h/t Jayson Stark of ESPN).



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