May 07, 2021

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning: “It just got out of control, literally,” longtime Barons radio announcer Curt Bloom said. “And it was contagious.”

“It was 87 pitches with 24 strikes. Most of them weren’t even close, really,” he added.

posted by tommybiden to baseball at 01:35 PM - 3 comments

Sounds a lot like one of my middle school games.

posted by Howard_T at 08:14 PM on May 07, 2021

Freshman year of high school we had a pitcher we called Deadly Dave. He'd start a game wild, walk a bunch of guys, almost hit a few. It didn't seem like he could find the plate, and the ball would eventually get put in play when opponents got tired of not seeing anything they could hit and went after the wild stuff. A lot of ground balls got golfed to the infield for putouts.

By the third or fourth inning, opponents would really start to worry about getting hit by a pitch and they'd stand as far off the plate as they could in self defense. That's when Dave would start throwing strikes.

posted by beaverboard at 01:59 PM on May 08, 2021

I've been on the mound for one of those innings. Much lower stakes in my softball league, but I can only imagine how that feels in front of a stadium of fans.

posted by bender at 08:19 AM on May 10, 2021

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