Jeremy Guthrie got his first start in an MLB game since 2015 on Saturday. Pitching for the Washington Nationals, who were in need of fifth starter, Guthrie’s return did not last long. He allowed 10 earned runs to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2/3 innings. He did not make it out the first inning before getting the hook. He allowed six hits and walked four.
The Phillies would score 12 runs in the frame. Guthrie’s ERA ballooned to 135.00. What makes matters worse is Saturday was his 38th birthday.
Following the loss, Philadelphia went on to win 17-3, Guthrie took to Twitter, calling the outing “disappointing” for letting his team down.
So disappointing to let this team down tonight.This opportunity meant more to me than most in my career.Get the series tomorrow boys. #Nats
— Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) April 9, 2017
Unfortunately, it was not the first time Guthrie allowed 10 or more runs in the first inning. He did so before while with the Kansas City Royals back in 2015 against the New York Yankees, allowing 11 earned runs before finally getting out of the inning. He is the first pitcher in live-ball era to allow 10 or more runs in the first inning.
Guthrie’s future with the team is surely to be in doubt. Joe Ross, who is the team’s regular fifth starter, will be eligible to be called up from Triple-A Syracuse later this month and is expected to make his first start of the season on Apr. 22.