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The rare 4-pitch inning.

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  • The rare 4-pitch inning.

    Has there ever been an inning that took 3 pitches total, or less? With the new no-pitch intentional walk rule, an entire inning could possibly take place without a single pitch being thrown.

    I don't know the answer to that, but there has been a 4-pitch inning. June 9, 1979 - New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals (NBC's game of the week). In the 13th inning, Marty Pattin threw just three pitches - Thurman Munson flied out, Lou Piniella popped out, Graig Nettles flied out. In the bottom of the inning, Ken Clay threw one pitch to Willie Wilson, who hit a walk-off inside-the-park home run.

    Four pitches, and the entire inning only took about 4:21, with the break in between. Due to the fast pace and shorter inning break 100+ years ago, it's likely not the fastest inning in MLB history, but it might be the fastest inning on video. And it might be the fastest half-inning, since it would be tough to score any faster than Willie Wilson did.

  • #2
    There have been numerous 3-pitch innings. These are the known instances (there may be more.)


    • #3
      While they infrequently occur three and four pitch innings should never happen. It’s fundamental baseball if the lead off hitter goes out on one or two pitches the next hitter takes at least one pitch. If the first two hitters go out in three or four pitches the third hitter stakes at least two pitches.


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