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:
|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