Anatomy Of An RBI Single

With one out in the bottom of the first inning of last night’s San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox interleague matchup, designated hitter David Ortiz came up to bat against left handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc with the bases loaded.

Here are the sequences of pitches and the result:

  1. An 81 mph cutter is fouled off (0-1).
  2. A 74 mph curveball is fouled straight back (0-2).
  3. A high 87 mph four seam fastball is taken for a ball (1-2).
  4. A low 75 mph changeup is taken for a ball (2-2).
  5. An 85 mph four seam fastball is fouled off (2-2).
  6. An 88 mph four seam fastball is fouled off (2-2).
  7. A 76 mph curveball that’s clearly in the strike zone is somehow called a ball (3-2).
  8. An outside 81 mph cutter is fouled off (3-2).
  9. An 89 mph four seam fastball is fouled off (3-2).
  10. An inside 73 mph curveball is fouled off (3-2).
  11. An 83 mph cutter is fouled off (3-2).
  12. An outside 83 mph four seam fastball is fouled off (3-2).
  13. An 89 mph four seam fastball is fouled off (3-2).
  14. A 76 mph changeup is lined to left field for a single, scoring Dustin Pedroia from third base, and putting the Red Sox ahead 1-0.

The tally was fourteen pitches for an at bat that lasted almost seven minutes.

Take a bow, Mr. Ortiz. Take a bow. Your Red Sox would go on to win the game 14-5 on the strength of a ten run seventh inning.

Comments (2)

  1. Bases were loaded and the runner on first scored? Was it “Run Clockwise” night at the ballpark?

  2. You got me, smart guy.

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