Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
April 2024

Hey Batter Batter Batter

In a major league baseball game, a pitcher faced 27 batters. Every batter he faced, he struck out. He allowed no hits and no runs, yet his team lost 4-0. How could this be?

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5 guesses to Hey Batter Batter Batter

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  • Paul

    Both teams’ starting pitchers had tossed nine innings of scoreless ball. Going into extra innings, a relief pitcher entered the game and loaded the bases. The reliever then gave up a grand slam, thus causing the starter with a perfect nine innings and his team to lose the game 4 to zip.

  • Close enough, Paul.

    We had a similar scenerio–but only in reverse:

    He came in as a relief pitcher and the score was already 4-0.

    Good job, you’re today’s winner.

  • Luca

    dropped third strikes

  • Lance Moore

    There are a few possible scenarios. It is possible that his team lost in extra innings. Otherwise, at least three opposing baters reached on dropped third strikes. The starting pitcher was removed after throwing 8 innings and facing and striking out 27 hitters. The reliever allowed four runs.