Last night, Angels pitcher Scott Kazmir was shelled for 13 earned runs in just 5.0 innings of work in the Athletics 15-1 drubbing of the Halos. Not many pitchers give up 13 runs these days. As it turns out, Kazmir pitched his way to one of the worst appearances by a pitcher in the modern era.

I found 31 games since 1091 where a pitcher gave up 13 earned runs or more in one outing. The majority of them were back in the ’20s and ’30s when pitchers were going eight and nine innings despite how poorly they were pitching. So I did another search on B-R’s Play Index (I know, I’m obsessed with this brilliant tool) to find how many pitchers gave up at least 13 runs in 5.0 innings or less. The answer is below—only seven pitchers. The last being Jason Marquis in 2006 when he gave up 13 ER in 5.0 IP too. Mike Oquist and Johnny Miljus gave up the most with 14 ER in each of their terrible games.

Most of the players on this list didn’t have much of a career like Dan Dugan, who only appeared in 20 games over two years. The only other notable on the list besides Kazmir and Marquis is David Wells, who imploded against the Brewers in 1992 when he was a member of the Blue Jays.

So, yeah it wasn’t a very good Saturday night for Kazmir.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
1 Mike Oquist 1998-08-03 OAK NYY L 1-14 GS-5 ,L 5.0 16 14 14 3 3 4 25.20
2 Johnny Miljus 1929-07-25 CLE PHA L 3-21 3.0 13 14 14 3 0 3 42.00
3 Scott Kazmir 2010-07-10 LAA OAK L 1-15 GS-5 ,L 5.0 11 13 13 3 2 3 23.40
4 Jason Marquis 2006-06-21 STL CHW L 5-13 GS-5 ,L 5.0 14 13 13 1 3 4 23.40
5 David Wells 1992-08-20 TOR MIL L 3-16 GS-5 ,L 4.1 11 13 13 4 1 1 27.00
6 Johnny Babich 1935-06-23 (1) BRO STL L 2-16 4.2 16 13 13 2 1 1 25.07
7 Dan Dugan 1929-06-05 CHW BOS L 2-17 3.2 15 13 13 2 3 0 31.91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/11/2010.
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