It’s not an overstatement to say that Brewers’ starter Michael Blazek had a rough day yesterday. Making his first career start in the majors, he surrendered six home runs in the Brewers 15-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. In the process, he became the ninth pitcher in MLB history to give up six home runs in a game. It was also the most home runs given up in a game by a Brewers pitcher in team history.
Five of the nine times where a pitcher gave up six home runs in a MLB game happened prior to 1941. The other four times have now happened after 2000. The three times previous to Blazek were Tim Wakefield in 2004, R.A. Dickey in 2006 and James Shields in 2010.
Blazek was the 104th pitcher in major league history to give up five or more homers in a game. It happened three times last season: Zach Greinke (Arizona vs. the Dodgers), Jason Hammel (Cubs vs. Mets) and Chris Young (Kansas City vs. the Yankees). There have been five pitchers who surrendered five or more home runs in multiple games: Clay Buchholz, Jeff Weaver, Josh Beckett, Pat Hentgen and Tim Wakefield.
Blazek is the sixth Brewers pitcher to allow five or more HRs in a game. The others: Mike Caldwell (1980), Jeff D’Amico (1996), Valerio De Los Santos (2000), Andrew Lorraine (2202) and Randy Wolf (2010).