LOS ANGELES -- Rockies pitcher Mark Redman's 10-run clunker of a first inning in an 11-3 loss to the Dodgers -- and his nearly unexplainable recovery over five scoreless innings -- on Saturday night put him in the record books.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician for Major League Baseball, Redman is the first starter since 1900 to finish a first inning after giving up 10 or more runs. The history didn't stop there.
No other starter had lasted six innings after giving up 10 or more runs. Redman and Jose Capellan combined to hold the Dodgers to one run in the final eight innings. The last team to give up 10 or more in the first and hold the opponent to one or fewer was the Twins, who spotted the Rangers 11 in the first but gave up just one more on Aug. 21, 1995.
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle wasn't exactly impressed.
"After giving up 10 the first inning, he needed to find a way to help the ballclub -- that's how I look at it," he said.
Had Redman's first inning occurred at Coors Field, he and Hurdle would have been excoriated by the crowd. But Hurdle said it wouldn't have changed his decision to leave him in to preserve a bullpen that now has thrown 90 2/3 innings in less than a month.
"I can't let geography change the wear and tear of the bullpen," Hurdle said. "That's the biggest positive out of last night. We were able to get our bullpen legs underneath us completely.
"I guess if you were worried about what other people think, maybe you could be swayed by that. Unfortunately, I'm pretty short when it comes to that suit. I mean, I listen to other people's opinions, but if it be fans booing or something like that, I've got to do what's best for the ballclub. There's a lot of fans out there that don't know the innings our bullpen has pitched."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.