Saturday, June 17, 2023

The fifth step in explaining baseball: A summary of the most common results of each pitch

So the most common results of each pitch in a baseball game are a ball, a strike, or a foul ball, as well as a flyball out, a groundout, or a hit (a single, double, triple, or homerun). With the last three, the batter is either out or on base, and it's now another batter's turn. With the first three, the batter will face another pitch – unless the pitcher has thrown four "balls", in which case the batter gets a "base on balls" or a "walk", which is yet another way to get to first base. If the pitcher has thrown three strikes, that's a "strikeout", and the batter is out. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 June 2023)

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