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One Pitch Drills 3 People

John Rowland

Posted on September 30, 2018 13:52

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It's a very rare occurrence.

In one of the games in a recent series which saw the Nationals sweep the Phillies, Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg managed to hit three people with a single pitch: the batter, catcher and umpire -- all in sequence.

Strasburg, who normally has pretty good stuff -- including decent pitch command and control -- was facing the batter, Jorge Alfaro. His pitch nicked Alfaro on the elbow, and then managed to bounce off the helmet of catcher Matt Wieters; the ball then proceeded to directly nail the umpire's face mask.

Try to do this intentionally and see how long it takes.

Pretty neat hat trick.

Here's a good slow-motion look at it on The Sports Daily.

As the excitement surrounding potential tie-breaker games, wild-card contests and subsequent playoffs comes to a boil, we can look forward to many more interesting and entertaining moments.

But unfortunately for Strasburg and the Nationals, they won't be a part of it.

John Rowland

Posted on September 30, 2018 13:52

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Source: NYT

Noah Syndergaard, the hardest-throwing starter in baseball, pitching in the first inning against the Nationals on Sunday.

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