Updated: July 24, 2009 at 12:00 am
Shawn Chacon’s descent to the baseball depths continued Friday with an inefficient dud of a start against the Sky Sox.
Chacon, a Rockies All-Star in 2003, gave up nine runs on nine hits to go with five walks in three innings. He drew visits from the pitching coach in each inning and needed 98 pitches – many delayed by long pauses on the mound – to compete his outing.
But he can look at the bright side - he gave up less than half the runs in Colorado Springs' 19-0 victory.
The performance was nothing new for the struggling pitcher, who has given up at least six earned runs in three of four appearances and now has a Triple-A ERA of 7.00 through seven starts with Sacramento.
Given his off-field troubles – most notably a physical confrontation with Houston general manager Ed Wade last year – it’s tough to imagine the 31-year-old with a 5.17 ERA in three full major-league seasons since leaving Colorado finding employment as a pitcher much longer.
GETTING TO 19
The 19 runs from the Sky Sox were the franchise's most ever in a shutout victory. Here's a look at how the runs were scored:
6 – Singles
3 – Ground outs
3 – Home runs
3 – Sacrifice flies
2 – Doubles
1 – Error
1 – Wild pitch
MAJOR LEAGUE MOMENT
Sky Sox right-hander Brandon Hynick struck out three straight batters in the seventh inning to escape a second-and-third, nobody-out situation and close out his fifth start of the year in which he’s thrown seven scoreless innings. Hynick set a season-high with nine strikeouts.