Friday, September 23, 2016

Wild pitching an intentional walk

A team that loses 100 games is bound to embarrass itself with some frequency. Heck, a team that wins 100 games loses 62 games. Baseball is a humbling game.

But it's difficult to look worse than Pat Light did in bungling an intentional walk in the first game of Thursday's double header.

It's not the first time it's happened this year -- a quick Google search uncovered one less than a month ago by Washington's A.J. Cole -- but it was particularly embarrassing because Light had uncorked a wild pitch with his previous offering. That put runners on second and third and was the third ball, so Paul Molitor elected to put the batter on.

And Light lobbed it so high it left the view of the FSN center field camera. Juan Centeno is notably short, but Manute Bol wouldn't have reached that throw.

Molitor then removed Light, and Michael Tonkin entered and promptly served up a three-run homer.

I have some thoughts on Tonkin, but I'll save them for later. I'll just say of Pat Light, who has pitched now 12.1 innings for the Twins with 15 walks and five wild pitches: There is no way in Hades he's going to be back in 2017.

1 comment:

  1. One of the most gawdawful things I've seen in a gawdawful season. How do pitchers manage to come up through all those years in the system and be so unready for an MLB mound?