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Justin Verlander gets lit up, puts AL All-Stars in 5-0 hole

Jul 10, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander had made 13 career starts at Kauffman Stadium and never given up more than four runs. Of course, he was facing the Royals in those outings.

The NL All-Stars roughed up Verlander in the first inning Tuesday, scoring five runs on four hits and two walks. Ryan Braun started the scoring with an RBI double, but Pablo Sandoval‘s three-run triple was the big blow. Sandoval went on to score on a Dan Uggla single.

The plan was for Verlander to pitch two innings tonight, but Joe Nathan replaced him to start the second. Verlander is the fourth starter to allow five runs in an All-Star Game, joining Jim Palmer (AL, 1977), Tom Glavine (NL, 1992) and Roger Clemens (NL, 2004).

  1. florida727 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Palmer, Glavine and Clemens? Dubious, but at least he’s in good company. Just shows it really can happen to anyone.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Can it happen to Nick Punto? ‘Cuz that would be all kinds of awesome.

  2. dmvdmv101560 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    … and he’s still the best pitcher in baseball – no matter what happened tonight!!!

    • kpow55 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Best pitcher not named Weaver

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I was surprised that the TV crew did not think that Bautista made that catch in the second inning. What cave have they been living in? Bautista is an excellent outfielder

    • ptfu - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      That was indeed a nice catch in the second. Definitely an out. Well done.

      Joey Bats may be an excellent outfielder but he did not look like one in the first inning. He made two poor plays on balls off the wall. Didn’t end up mattering as Verlander was getting knocked around anyway, but still.

  4. natsattack - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    You have to be pretty good to get to a point where it is possible for that to occur.

  5. styx630 - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I’m sure getting to have sex with Kate Upton afterwards will make him feel better.

    • simonfoster231171 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Wouldn’t that make ANYONE feel better? I know it’d make me feel better!

  6. fusionix7 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    It’s what happens when he relies on the fastball. Should have worked with his off-speed pitches. Verlander is amazing but that’s why he lost a couple games earlier in the season in the late innings. Everyone knew he was going to dial up instead of stick with what was working all game.

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