Thursday, February 25, 2016

Joe Murdock, Two Runs - 17

Originally published July 23, 2014
This outing in April 1989 wasn't the kind of outing Charleston reliever Joe Murdock wanted.

Murdock came into the game in the seventh inning and picked up three outs. When he started, his team was down 4-2. By the time he was done, his team was down 6-2, according to The Sumter Item.

Murdock pitched that game in his second season as a pro. He got into just one more.

Murdock's career began in 1988, taken by the Padres in the 18th round of the draft out of Southern Arkansas University.

Murdock played his first year between the rookie Arizona League and short-season Spokane. He got 10 starts in Arizona and one in Spokane. Between the two, he had a 4-4 record and a 5.80 ERA.

He moved to single-A Charleston for 1989. There, he got into 30 games, starting 21 of them. He went 9-3, with a 3.09 ERA. He struck out 93 in 148.1 innings.

For 1990, Murdock returned to Charleston. But it was a brief return. In five relief outings, Murdock had a 6.10 ERA and picked up one loss. Those five outings were his final outings as a pro.

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