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Jeremy Hefner can’t get an out against the Phillies

Sep 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

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The Mets’ Jeremy Hefner was pulled from his start Thursday against the Phillies after failing to retire any of the seven batters he faced.

Hefner gave up six singles in a row, including a bunt single to Juan Pierre, and then walked Kevin Frandsen with the bases loaded before being replaced by Collin McHugh.

Since all three inherited runners came around to score of McHugh, Hefner was charged with seven earned runs.

Hefner is the fifth starter this year to leave without retiring a batter, but the first to do so due to ineffectiveness. Jered Weaver, P.J. Walters and Brandon Morrow were injured in their starts, and Zack Greinke was ejected from his.

The last starter to depart under circumstances similar to Hefner’s was the Cubs’ Randy Wells on May 28, 2010. He gave up hits to all six batters he faced before being removed from an outing against the Cardinals.

Hefner became the eighth starter since 2000 to give up seven runs without recording an out:

Armando Reynoso (Ari): Apr. 23, 2000 vs. SF
Dennis Tankersley (SD): Apr. 9, 2003 vs. SF
Paul Wilson (Cin): July 10, 2003 vs. Hou (8 R, 7 ER)
Ryan Vogelsong (Pit): Sept. 24, 2004 vs. Cin
Paul Wilson (Cin): May 6, 2005 vs. LAD (8 ER)
J.D. Durbin (Phi): Sept. 1, 2007 vs. Fla
Jason Marquis (Was): Apr. 18, 2010 vs. Mil

  1. paul621 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Really? Hefner was replaced by McHugh? That sounds made up.

  2. hushbrother - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    After he was pulled, Gilbert Gottfried came out and told the Aristocrats joke.

  3. mojosmagic - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Hugh would have pitched better.

  4. beast2727 - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Bs

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