Milwaukee led 9-1 when Vieaux took the mound in the top of the eighth inning. So, his assignment, was, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than mop-up duty. Things did not go well.
Two runs had already crossed the plate when Willy Adames came up with the bases loaded and added to the damage.
Willy is unbelievable!
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 2, 2022
It didn’t get any better. Rowdy Tellez reached on an error, Andrew McCutchen singled and Mike Brosseau brought both of them in with a double. Vieaux then walked Luis Urías before finally retiring Omar Navarez — on his 48th pitch of the inning.
Vieaux retired the next two hitters to mercifully end the inning. In one inning of work, he allowed eight runs (seven earned), surrendered six hits, walked three, struck out one and threw a staggering 56 pitches.
Not only was he left out there for the entire inning but apparently the thought of taking him out of the game never crossed the minds of any of the Pirates coaches.
Pirates reliever Cam Vieaux just threw 56 pitches in the eighth inning and no one ever got up in the Pirates bullpen. What in the world.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 2, 2022
Relief pitchers often have to wear one in blowout games.
But even with that understood, many watching this game felt that leaving Vieaux in the game was cruel.
Cam Vieaux is absolutely taking it on the chin right now
— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) July 2, 2022
Cam Vieaux may never see the majors again after this game sadly.
It’s a shame because he showed flashes of being decent.
— /inny 🅱️uffone (@Veno202) July 2, 2022
Get Vieux the hell out of there. 45 pitches, no outs. His arm doesn't have to die for this game.
— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) July 2, 2022
I can't believe Shelton is hanging Vieaux out to dry like this.
— Jack Stern (@baseball7310) July 2, 2022
If I'm Cam Vieaux I'm removing myself from this game
— ℙ𝕄𝔸𓃝 𝔹𝕦𝕔𝕜𝕤 (@pmabucks) July 2, 2022
Had some time to let it set in, but what in the heck are the Pirates doing leaving Vieaux in that long? I understand having to eat innings in blow outs, but that wasn’t right. 56 pitches in 1 inning is irresponsible, hope he doesn’t end up being hurt after this
— Don August (@DonAugust38) July 2, 2022
— Niles M. Buchanan (@NilesBuchanan) July 2, 2022
No manager likes it, when a position player has to pitch in a blowout, but it’s better than having Cam Vieaux throwing 56 pitches. I mean what are we doing here?
— That Sports Guy (@Jason_Shetler) July 2, 2022
Most pitches ever thrown in a single inning was 62, Cam Vieaux just came up 6 pitches short of history.
— Ryan – Luis Urías stan (@BrewPack8) July 2, 2022
Vieaux needs to be taken out to a nice steak dinner, after a long ice tub. He's thrown over 50 pitches this inning. That's irresponsible.
— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) July 2, 2022
What’s especially unfortunate is that, while it was a small sample size, Vieaux had done well in his earlier outings. Vieaux allowed only one earned run over his first four outings of the season, giving him a 2.25 ERA entering Friday’s game. When Friday’s game ended, his ERA was 14.40.
To get his ERA back to 2.25, he’ll have to go 27 innings without allowing another earned run. To even get it back to under 5.00, Vieaux will need to go 10 innings without surrendering an earned run.
So, he’s earned everyone’s respect and has every right to be frustrated with the way he was used.