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(Some Guy)   A no-hitter? How trite. The Orioles did something even more rare than that this week   (audacy.com) divider line
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2021-05-09 4:48:18 PM  
I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.
 
2021-05-09 4:53:29 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.


You'd need some sort of mind control drugs to keep guys from taking a pitch.  If Doc Ellis were still with us, I'll bet he could arrange that.
 
2021-05-09 4:58:12 PM  
The oriole, John means, threw the no hitter.   A national's pitcher threw an immaculate inning.
 
2021-05-09 5:38:54 PM  
My pee-wee season was nothing but no hitters.

/never hit the ball
 
2021-05-09 5:50:26 PM  

kudayta: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.

You'd need some sort of mind control drugs to keep guys from taking a pitch.  If Doc Ellis were still with us, I'll bet he could arrange that.


He walked 8 in the LSD no-no. And I'm still not convinced he dropped any acid.
 
2021-05-09 6:59:48 PM  
Win?
 
2021-05-09 7:54:10 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.


You need an infielder pitching to do that.
https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/​o​rioles/orioles-infielder-pat-valaika-p​itches-scoreless-inning-5-pitches
 
2021-05-09 9:02:21 PM  
I heard of the term golden inning for this too.
 
2021-05-09 9:44:05 PM  
Wouldn't 3 straight first-pitch pop flys be better?
 
2021-05-09 9:52:34 PM  
I'm really surprised that is as rare as it is. Kind-of changes my viewpoint on a few stats.
 
2021-05-09 9:57:09 PM  

WhackingDay: Wouldn't 3 straight first-pitch pop flys be better?


No. The best case scenario is that hitters never put the ball in play. We aren't looking for the fewest pitches/
 
2021-05-09 10:01:06 PM  
One of the pitches was a foul. I wonder how many (if any) immaculate innings there have been in which no hitter even made contact with the ball?
 
2021-05-09 10:01:39 PM  

WhackingDay: Wouldn't 3 straight first-pitch pop flys be better?


For pitch count, sure.  But every time a ball is put in play, that introduces an opportunity for the batter to reach base (either by "hitting 'em where they ain't" or by fielder error). Better for the pitcher if that never happens.  Also, strikeouts are indicative almost entirely of pitcher skill, since he's fooling batters into swing-and-misses, late or early swings sending the ball into foul territory, or called strikes when the batter can't even pull the trigger.

An immaculate inning displays the pitcher's skill AND ability to throw consistent strikes.
 
2021-05-09 10:05:20 PM  

italie: I'm really surprised that is as rare as it is. Kind-of changes my viewpoint on a few stats.


It is going to be quite rare because pitchers aren't trying to throw three straight strikes and hitters know that.

It is more a quirky thing that just kind of happens sometimes.
 
2021-05-09 10:43:20 PM  
It took three goddamned paragraphs to say he threw an immaculate inning.  That is the journalistic equivalent of giving up two grand slams in one inning.
 
2021-05-09 11:11:09 PM  
Bugs Bunny did better
 
2021-05-09 11:48:24 PM  
Didn't John means throw the only type of no-hitter like that that's ever existed? A no-hitter that wasn't a perfect game only because of a third strike wild pitch? I think that would make it a rarer feat.
 
2021-05-09 11:48:48 PM  

dywed88: italie: I'm really surprised that is as rare as it is. Kind-of changes my viewpoint on a few stats.

It is going to be quite rare because pitchers aren't trying to throw three straight strikes and hitters know that.

It is more a quirky thing that just kind of happens sometimes.


I mean, I get that...it just puts things into perspective on just how much a batter influences a pitchers stats.
 
2021-05-09 11:59:31 PM  

kdawg7736: I heard of the term golden inning for this too.


WhackingDay: Wouldn't 3 straight first-pitch pop flys be better?


I thought that a Golden Inning was 3 pitches to 3 batters for 3 outs.
 
2021-05-10 12:37:03 AM  

Cereal Fetish: One of the pitches was a foul. I wonder how many (if any) immaculate innings there have been in which no hitter even made contact with the ball?


I was also wondering how many innings are there that finish with 3 strikeouts and no balls, as a batter could potentially foul off the 3rd pitch before getting a 3rd strike.
 
2021-05-10 1:13:00 AM  

germinfestedmisfit: Didn't John means throw the only type of no-hitter like that that's ever existed? A no-hitter that wasn't a perfect game only because of a third strike wild pitch? I think that would make it a rarer feat.


Would have been absurd if that was part of a 4 strikeout inning
 
2021-05-10 5:06:51 AM  

zerkalo: Bugs Bunny did better


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2021-05-10 5:32:43 AM  
More impressive:  Shohei Ohtani
 
2021-05-10 6:20:51 AM  
Yeah, there's been a no-hitter just about every week this season, so lots of things are more rare.
 
2021-05-10 7:33:41 AM  
It had to be the gNats announcers who wrote this.  They wouldn't shut up about it.  There are web sites dedicated to the awfulness of those announcers.
 
2021-05-10 8:27:13 AM  
Do you want rare?     How about leading your league in HR and Errors in the same season?  It has been done exactly twice:    Pedro Alvarez, 2013 NL and Howard Johnson, 1991 NL.

Tatis has a chance this year.   He is easily leading the NL in errors, and is only one off the pace in HR.   He can do it ... if he stays healthy and at the wrong position.
 
2021-05-10 8:51:08 AM  
When my son was 7 he played his first non-t-ball game.  The kids were mostly 8-11 year olds, little league minors.  His coach asked me if it was ok if he let him pitch.  I had been teaching him since he was 2 about the importance of good control and proper form.

The big problem in that age group is no kids can throw strikes, the games are endless walk-after-walk-after-walk affairs.

The result was 9 pitches, 9 strikes - not one kid swung the bat.
 
2021-05-10 9:48:24 AM  
I thought an immaculate inning means the batter can't make contact with the pitch at all.
 
2021-05-10 11:01:55 AM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.


Joe Maddon has a policy of taking a pitcher out for steak if they throw a three pitch three out inning.
 
2021-05-10 11:17:55 AM  

WhackingDay: Wouldn't 3 straight first-pitch pop flys be better?


That's for cowards.

Now you just intentionally "walk" the first two batters in each inning, get a first-pitch triple play, and get a nine-pitch no-hitter. THAT'S hardcore.
 
2021-05-10 11:18:32 AM  
Or you intentionally walk and pick off every batter and get a 0-pitch no-hitter.
 
2021-05-10 2:22:21 PM  

IAmRight: Or you intentionally walk and pick off every batter and get a 0-pitch no-hitter.


Three HBP, three pickoffs.   Hardcore Henry mode.
 
2021-05-10 3:21:06 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: I would think the ultimate would be nine innings of only throwing three pitches each inning: one pitch, one hit, one out.

27 pitches in one game.

Joe Maddon has a policy of taking a pitcher out for steak if they throw a three pitch three out inning.


There aren't good records of historical three pitch innings as it wasn't well tracked for most of MLB history. From what I can find they used to be quite uncommon but with several most seasons while immaculate innings didn't even occur in many seasons.

Over recent years, however the number of immaculate innings is much greater (one quarter of all immaculate innings are from 2015 onwards and another quarter from 2000 through 2014) while three pitch innings are less common.

Basically the shift to a K or HR focus for hitting seems to mean that you are getting more three pitch strike outs but fewer first pitch outs.
 
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