Tom Koehler Loses In Historic Fashion

By Blake Bass
Content Coordinator


Two hundred and thirty five pitches were thrown Saturday at Marlins Park as the Miami Marlins lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0. The only one that mattered was the first: Tom Koehler’s fastball to Gerardo Parra that ended up in the Marlins bullpen for a home run.

According to Stats LLC, it is only the second major-league game over the past 25 years — which is as far back as the stat firm can check — in which a home run on the first pitch of game turned out to be the game’s only run.

The only other time it happened also involved the Marlins.

On Sept. 14, 1993, at Sun Life Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Carlos Garcia’s first-pitch home run off Chris Hammond also resulted in a 1-0 win. But that game was called after six innings.

Source: Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

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