Sergio Santos Makes History (Not in a Good Way)

It was a implosion of epic proportions; there is no other way to put it. It made for one horrible night for the Toronto Blue Jays. Deadspin deemed it one of the ugliest innings ever, but it was an especially ugly inning for one man in particular.

In a 9-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Sergio Santos had the dubious honour of making MLB history. He did what no other pitcher has ever done before.

Sergio Santos became the first pitcher in MLB history to throw three wild pitches in one game and not record a single out.


Sure, pitchers have thrown three or more pitchers in an inning, but at least they’ve retired a batter. Sergio Santos did not. Tack on the three walks surrendered by Santos and you have what was an overall horrendous outing by the on-again off-again Blue Jays closer.

Here’s the sequence of events:

Score Batter Pitcher Play Description
Sergio Santos replaces Steve Delabar pitching
Trevor Plouffe pinch hits for Aaron Hicks (CF) batting 8th
3-5 T. Plouffe S. Santos Walk
Kurt Suzuki pinch hits for Eduardo Escobar (SS) batting 9th
3-5 K. Suzuki S. Santos Wild Pitch; Pinto Scores; Herrmann to 3B; Plouffe to 2B
Pedro Florimon pinch runs for Trevor Plouffe (PH) batting 8th
4-5 K. Suzuki S. Santos Walk, Wild Pitch; Herrmann Scores; Florimon to 3B
Darin Mastroianni pinch runs for Kurt Suzuki (PH) batting 9th
5-5 B. Dozier S. Santos Mastroianni Steals 2B
5-5 B. Dozier S. Santos Walk, Wild Pitch; Florimon Scores; Mastroianni to 3B

Sergio Santos threw a total of 16 pitches in that outing, four of them being strikes and 12 of them being balls. Whether it was the weather or otherwise, Santos simply could not find the strike zone, as his pitches hit the dirt time and time again.

It was an ugly, ugly inning overall, and in this particular instance, the ability to forget a game like this and look forward to the next series is the only way to move on.

Hat tip to @Noah_Sherman for the info. Image courtesy of Getty Images

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “Sergio Santos Makes History (Not in a Good Way)

  • April 18, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Why was he put in for the bottom of the 8th?
    Why did Cecil not start next inning?
    Gibbons is at it again.Get used to it.

  • April 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Cecil pitched already, Delabar walked the first two batters. Idiotic comments like yours – get used to them everyone.

  • April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Tough night it was 30 degrees during this game, hard to even concentrate.

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