SURPRISE, Ariz. - Right-handed pitching prospect Michael Mariot had a good 2013 season for Triple-A Omaha.
Mariot, 25, didn't allow a run in his final 14 regular-season outings, finished with 11 saves and was outstanding in the playoffs. But his ninth inning in the Royals' 10-1 loss to the Rockies on Sunday was a nightmare.
He gave up four runs on five straight hits, including a bases-clearing double, before finally getting a strikeout and a double-play ball.
Manager Ned Yost, grinning, explained how he tried to soften the blow afterward.
"I told him after his outing: 'Look, every pitcher on our staff I give a mulligan to at the beginning of Spring Training. Would you like to use yours after today?' " Yost said.
"He said, 'Yes sir, I surely would.'"
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.