Jun 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Vin Mazzaro (56) throws against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
For those of us who remember the Vin Mazzaro Era with the Kansas City Royals, it was pretty much summed up in one outing. On May 16, 2011, Mazzaro came in as a reliever during what would eventually be a 19-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. That outing would prove to be a disaster.
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Sent in to essentially save the bullpen, Mazzaro became walking napalm. He allowed ten runs in the fourth inning before allowing four more while recording one out in the fifth. Those 14 runs given up were a Royals record, as he became only the fourth pitcher since World War Two to allow so many runs in a game.
Overall during his tenure in Kansas City, spanning 25 appearances, Mazzaro had a 6.72 ERA with a 1.770 WHiP. In his 72.1 innings of work, he struck out 36 batters while allowing 34 walks. Opponents produced a blistering .333/.406/.465 batting line against Mazzaro, who happened to be one of the players that the Royals received from Oakland for David DeJesus.
Vin Mazzaro would end up having a successful season with the Pirates in 2013, after being banished by the Royals. During his brief stint in Kansas City, Mazzaro certainly left a mark.
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