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    Three-pitch innings?

    I'm sure there have been a few innings where a pitcher threw only the minimum of 3 pitches to retire the side, right? Is there a way to determine how many? And can they be broken down into the following catagories:

    Pitcher gets an out on each pitch

    Pitcher allows a hit (or runner reaches on error, or hit batsman), then gets a double play on the next pitch, then 3rd pitch is an out

    Pitcher gets an out, then allows a hit (or runner reaches on error, or hit batsman), then gets a double play

    Pitcher allows two hits (or combination of errors and/or hit batsmen), then gets a triple play

    Probably not an eash task to do, it if is even possible at all.

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    Tim Lincecum recently had a five-pitch inning that included a strikeout, a single, and a double play. (Top 7th).

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...01007150.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipitch View Post
    Amazing what percent have occurred starting in 1997
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthMayBond View Post
    Amazing what percent have occurred starting in 1997
    Well, it's not a complete list. Pitch counts weren't kept track of too much until recent decades. According to the list, it didn't happen once in the NL between 1921 and 1968, which is extremely unlikely.

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    but 9-pitch innings can be pretty exciting, too!
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    3 strikeouts! especially with lotsa swing-throughs. especially on the third strike.
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    Out, Out, Out - 69 times

    Baserunner, double play, and out - 18 times

    Out, baserunner, and double play - 18 times

    Baserunner, out (force out, infield-fly, etc), and double play - 14 times

    Out, baserunner, out, pick-off (0 pitches to 4th hitter) - 1 time. This one is not in the list of B-Almanac:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...99809250.shtml, Brian Anderson, 3rd inning vs SDP

    I was able to check only the 3-pitch innings with available play-by-play data.

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    Involving triple plays:
    Baserunner, baserunner, triple play - 0 times

    ...but check this out:

    Juan Rincon entered in the 8th with bases loaded, 0 outs. One pitch, and he gets the triple play.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...00605270.shtml

    Rafael Perez entered in the 7th with men on 1st and 2nd, 0 outs. Three pitches, and a triple play:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...00708270.shtml

    And finally, Keiichi Yabu did the same as Juan Rincon, but did not allowed a run. 8th inning:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...00805300.shtml
    Last edited by josh24; 08-11-2010 at 10:49 PM.

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    add another one:
    yesterday giants rookie pitcher bumgarner surrendered leadoff double in third to tejada, but then needed just two more pitches to get out of the inning.
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