ST. LOUIS, MO (WMC) - Former Ole Miss Rebel Mike Mayers made his MLB debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, but his night quickly turned sour.
Mayers was pummeled for six runs in the first inning, serving up a grand slam to Adrian Gonzalez before even recording an out.
Mayers would give up another two runs before escaping out of the inning after giving up a two-run hit to opposing pitcher Scott Kazmir. Manager Mike Matheny decided to let Mayers continue despite the bombed inning.
Mayers would only record one more out before his night ended. The rookie served up a two-run shot to Howie Kendrick before Matheny had seen enough.
Mayers ended the outing with nine earned runs on eight hits in just 1.1 innings pitched with two walks and a strikeout.
Mayers was called to start with the Cardinals after strong showings this season in Springfield and Memphis. He was a standout for the Rebels in 2011 and 2012.
Assuming Mayers returns to Memphis following the rough outing, his ERA will sit at a gaudy 60.75 for quite some time.