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Stat of the Night: The Terror of Coors Field

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Rick Kranitz is telling Mike Fiers that he can never shave again before he makes a start.
Rick Kranitz is telling Mike Fiers that he can never shave again before he makes a start.

Mike Fiers isn't the only Brewers starter to have experienced his share of trouble at Coors Field. With his start tonight, he became the sixth Brewers starter to allow eight runs in a start at Coors Field. The list includes a mix of great pitchers and bad pitchers. Here's the full list:

Player Date Pitching Line
Jeff D'Amico Sep. 30, 2001 3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 62 Pitches
Ruben Quevedo Jul. 19, 2002 5 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 103 Pitches
Ben Sheets Aug. 15, 2005 6 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 98 Pitches
Yovani Gallardo Aug. 8, 2007 2.2 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 80 Pitches
Jeff Suppan Sep. 30, 2009 6 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 103 Pitches
Mike Fiers Aug. 13, 2012 2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 48 Pitches

Some observations from the list:

  • Jeff D'Amico was a tough luck loser at Coors Field, as seven of the runs he allowed were unearned. Geoff Jenkins commited an error on a play that could have ended the third inning, but instead it led to the first two of seven unearned runs in the inning.
  • Ben Sheets and Jeff Suppan had to suffer the longest, being left out there for as long as possible. It ended up being six innings in both cases.
  • Yovani Gallardo allowed the most runs in his start, allowing eleven over his 2+ innings of work.
  • Mike Fiers pitched the fewest innings and pitches of any of these players in his game.
  • Mike Fiers is also the only one on this list who did not allow a home run.

Maybe Fiers can talk to Gallardo about how to get over the nightmares of pitching at Coors Field. They both now have that in common.