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(Major League Baseball)   Indians Justin Masterson becomes only the 70th pitcher in MLB history to throw an "immaculate inning" (nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts). Not dominant enough? He also threw 25 consecutive strikes from the third innning to the sixth   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 47
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2014-06-04 12:40:57 PM
"CALLED strike three!  CALLED strike  six.  CALLED STRIKE NINE!"
 
2014-06-04 01:02:14 PM
Throwing 25 consecutive strikes can bite you in the ass.
 
2014-06-04 01:09:05 PM
I think Julio Teheran threw something like 30 strikes in a row earlier this year
 
2014-06-04 01:10:46 PM
WAHOO !

/totes went there
 
2014-06-04 01:14:14 PM

Shame Us: Throwing 25 consecutive strikes can bite you in the ass.


"I want you to throw the next one at the mascot. Just throw it at the bull, all right? Trust me."
 
2014-06-04 01:27:41 PM
Does this mean his wife will have a virgin birth of the Indians' future savior?
 
2014-06-04 01:31:01 PM
Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.
 
2014-06-04 01:31:20 PM
A masterful performance.
 
2014-06-04 01:35:32 PM
Pitches-strikes: Masterson 105-67

So other than the 25 strikes in a row, he threw 42 strikes in 80 pitches? That's an interesting outing.
 
2014-06-04 01:40:43 PM
And in his next start he won't be able to find the plate. It is funny how baseball works out that way.
 
2014-06-04 01:42:09 PM
Little does everyone know, that's actually Randy Johnson in disguise
 
2014-06-04 01:43:37 PM
if he threw 25 straight strikes from the 3rd to the 6th, wouldn't both the 4th AND 5th have to be "immaculate?"  so he did it twice, back to back, in the same game?

/did not check box score.
 
2014-06-04 01:44:55 PM

Summoner101: Little does everyone know, that's actually Randy Johnson in disguise


He's need a disguise.  That man was UUUUUUUgly!

/But boy, could he pitch.  Should have never had to share that World Series MVP.  Won both his games and saved the final.
 
2014-06-04 01:48:13 PM

Galloping Galoshes: if he threw 25 straight strikes from the 3rd to the 6th, wouldn't both the 4th AND 5th have to be "immaculate?"  so he did it twice, back to back, in the same game?

/did not check box score.


Not if there were foul balls fly outs and ground outs. Those are considered strikes.
 
2014-06-04 02:16:41 PM
of course he does this the day after I dropped him in the Fark league...
 
2014-06-04 02:23:55 PM

jaylectricity: Galloping Galoshes: if he threw 25 straight strikes from the 3rd to the 6th, wouldn't both the 4th AND 5th have to be "immaculate?"  so he did it twice, back to back, in the same game?

/did not check box score.

Not if there were foul balls fly outs and ground outs. Those are considered strikes.


Hits are also considered strikes, right?
 
2014-06-04 02:26:54 PM

Shame Us: Hits are also considered strikes, right?


Yes.  Anything swung at is considered a strike.
 
2014-06-04 02:32:06 PM
Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?
 
2014-06-04 02:34:56 PM
So yeah...25 strikes in a row isn't necessarily an achievement. You could gove up 25 solo bombs in a row and have 25 consecutive strikes on your pitch count.
 
2014-06-04 02:44:34 PM

ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?


Not if you consider that all 3 outs could be recorded on the final pitch and there could have been a runner on 3rd. Not that "clean, sinless" feeling they'd be going for.
 
2014-06-04 02:44:52 PM

ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?


Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml
 
2014-06-04 02:45:22 PM

Shame Us: So yeah...25 strikes in a row isn't necessarily an achievement. You could gove up 25 solo bombs in a row and have 25 consecutive strikes on your pitch count.


Or you could go Full Ankiel. Still the greatest on field meltdown in sports history.

/I concede there may be better ones, but I am not aware of them.
 
2014-06-04 02:47:50 PM

flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml


BTW, if one is a baseball stats fan, I apologize for linking the Baseball Almanac. One can easily lose hours of productivity surfing around there. It's the TVTropes of sports.
 
2014-06-04 03:07:58 PM
Too bad nobody was at the game... It's pretty sad when these big ballparks have that much empty space.
 
2014-06-04 03:16:56 PM
It's a shame too, if he could have thrown 3 more he could have had the turkey.
 
2014-06-04 03:17:26 PM

flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml


After Kyle Lohse's last start, the sports talk radio guys constantly pointed out that he had 7 one pitch outs. Which as a fan of a quick game and the Brewers, I find pretty sweet.
 
2014-06-04 03:21:45 PM
Since there is no generic baseball thread. WOO fark YEAH MARINERS!!!! 2-0 win over the braves, Rodney recorded his 16th save.
 
2014-06-04 03:22:58 PM

flaminio: flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml

BTW, if one is a baseball stats fan, I apologize for linking the Baseball Almanac. One can easily lose hours of productivity surfing around there. It's the TVTropes of sports.


Hell, I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out what the damn astrix meant.  I think astrix = interleague game rather than italics = interleague game.
Now into the depths.
 
2014-06-04 03:25:42 PM

flaminio: flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml

BTW, if one is a baseball stats fan, I apologize for linking the Baseball Almanac. One can easily lose hours of productivity surfing around there. It's the TVTropes of sports.


I'mma call you a sonofabiatch, but I mean it in the nicest possible way.
 
2014-06-04 03:32:43 PM

flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml


What hitter would ever swing at the first pitch, after the first two batters in the inning made outs on the first pitch?
 
2014-06-04 03:43:31 PM
Following the outcry for a general baseball thread... After the streak of blue jays wins when they lost two on a row and were supposed to fork over the al east... They have won 3 straight

Dickey v porcello tonight, and last night's 0-0 going into the ninth followed by a 5-3 final was the most runs scored in the ninth for that scenario ever
 
2014-06-04 03:45:14 PM

thecpt: Following the outcry for a general baseball thread... After the streak of blue jays wins when they lost two on a row and were supposed to fork over the al east... They have won 3 straight

Dickey v porcello tonight, and last night's 0-0 going into the ninth followed by a 5-3 final was the most runs scored in the ninth for that scenario ever


That was nuts, though the marlins having their 1 winning run walked in was equally amazing, if only for the hilarity of awful.  I'm still scared with the m's going to the Rays, thats just the kind of team they'll get swept by.
 
2014-06-04 03:48:33 PM

omegaminus: Shame Us: Hits are also considered strikes, right?

Yes.  Anything swung at is considered a strike.


And some things not swung at also.  More accurately, everything that isn't a ball is a strike.
 
2014-06-04 04:16:16 PM
I'm glad that the Brew Crew is doing good. I'm happier that the Cards are slumping. They are helping KC with it's power slump.
 
2014-06-04 04:37:02 PM
Congrats to Masty, one of the ones the Sox let get away.
 
2014-06-04 05:10:54 PM

MBP2112: Congrats to Masty, one of the ones the Sox let get away.


Let get away? They sent him away in a trade. Which is fine because his numbers haven't been that great over the years.

Trivia time! Masterson is one of only 4 Jamaican players in the history of MLB.
 
2014-06-04 06:25:13 PM

Shame Us: Throwing 25 consecutive strikes can bite you in the ass.


I mean, he won, so all is good.  But I'm sorta thinking what you're thinking.

Although note he didn't throw 25 consecutive pitches in the strike zone.  He set himself up well and got batters to chase balls.
 
2014-06-04 07:04:44 PM
ChrisDe:

What hitter would ever swing at the first pitch, after the first two batters in the inning made outs on the first pitch?

I can see last day of the season..Back in the day.
 
2014-06-04 07:06:22 PM

flaminio: flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml

BTW, if one is a baseball stats fan, I apologize for linking the Baseball Almanac. One can easily lose hours of productivity surfing around there. It's the TVTropes of sports.


I like the position player throwing the 3 pitches.
Thanks for that site.
 
2014-06-04 07:30:45 PM
Sandy Koufax once said his idea of a "perfect game" wasn't no baserunners but only throwing 27 pitches.
 
2014-06-04 07:30:58 PM

roc6783: Or you could go Full Ankiel.


Never go full ... eh, forget it
 
2014-06-04 07:48:10 PM

ChrisDe: flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml

What hitter would ever swing at the first pitch, after the first two batters in the inning made outs on the first pitch?


Let me introduce you to Mark Reynolds, http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19409

/Long read, but worth it.
 
2014-06-04 09:58:27 PM

flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml


A three pitch inning should result in either the manager or the batting coach giving the last 2 batters a good swift kick in the balls.
 
2014-06-04 10:16:31 PM

taglius: omegaminus: Shame Us: Hits are also considered strikes, right?

Yes.  Anything swung at is considered a strike.

And some things not swung at also.  More accurately, everything that isn't a ball is a strike.


That is very interesting.   So, I didn't read the article, but, is there a known record for most consecutive strikes (non-balls) thrown?
 
2014-06-05 11:41:34 AM

roc6783: Shame Us: So yeah...25 strikes in a row isn't necessarily an achievement. You could gove up 25 solo bombs in a row and have 25 consecutive strikes on your pitch count.

Or you could go Full Ankiel. Still the greatest on field meltdown in sports history.

/I concede there may be better ones, but I am not aware of them.



Relevant.
 
2014-06-05 11:54:34 AM

roc6783: ChrisDe: flaminio: ChrisDe: Wouldn't a 3-pitch inning be more immaculate?

Curiously, it's more common:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/3_pitch_inning.shtml

What hitter would ever swing at the first pitch, after the first two batters in the inning made outs on the first pitch?

Let me introduce you to Mark Reynolds, http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19409

/Long read, but worth it.


How 'bout that last whiff against the Twins last night?
/Thank God Aramis is back.
//Reynolds can be alright, but damn...
 
2014-06-05 11:57:44 AM
On Sunday night, Jason Grilli was one strike away from doing this in the 9th inning. Ended up walking the third guy, and the guy after that, and giving up a single, before striking out the last guy.  So he got 8 strikes in a row (including 2 K's) to start the inning, and took 17 more pitches to get that last out.

/yesterday, the Bucs took a 3-2 loss only giving up one bunt single
//the error and the 4 straight walks didn't help
///Joaquin Andujar said there was one word that summed this up: "youneverknow"
 
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