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Friday, May 12, 2017

Pitchers pinch hitting in 18 inning game: could it get worse?

In that 18 inning game mentioned in the two previous posts and below:

One of those clever double switches results in THREE Cubs starting pitchers, who did not start in the game, pinch hitting for relief pitchers and all three striking out because they are not baseball players.

Top of the 10th, Yankees Batting, Tied 4-4, Cubs' Wade Davis facing 9-1-2
Wade Davis replaces Ben Zobrist (RF) pitching and batting 4th
Albert Almora moves from PH to CF
Jon Jay moves from CF to RF

Bottom of the 14th, Cubs Batting, Tied 4-4, Yankees' Jonathan Holder facing 2-3-4
One out: walk to Anthony Rizzo
Jake Arrieta pinch hits for Mike Montgomery (P) batting 4th
Arrieta Strikeout Swinging

Bottom of the 16th, Cubs Batting, Tied 4-4, Yankees' Chasen Shreve facing 1-2-3
Two outs: intentional walk to Anthony Rizzo
John Lackey pinch hits for Brian Duensing (P) batting 4th
Lackey Strikeout Swinging

Bottom of the 18th, Cubs Batting, Behind 4-5, Yankees' Chasen Shreve facing 9-1-2
Two outs:
Kris Bryant walks
intentional walk to Anthony Rizzo
Kyle Hendricks pinch hits for Pedro Strop (P) batting 4th
Hendricks Strikeout Swinging ending the game


6 hours, 18 innings is NOT entertaining, nor a doubleheader. Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yankees 5, Cubs 4 in 18 innings.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Start Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
Attendance: 40,584
Venue: Wrigley Field
Game Duration: 6:05

... baseball is still so primitive that is prohibits players from re-entering the game, which culminated with the final out being a pitcher, Kyle Hendricks, pinch "hitting" for a pitcher, Pedro Stop, and striking out after the Yankees intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo and pushed the tying run to second base just to get at Hendricks;
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6 hours, 18 innings, 48 Strike Outs is really NOT entertaining. Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Baseball needs more balls in play.

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