Judging the Royals

August 3, 2013 7:30 PM

A gutsy win by the Royals

Here’s the reason hitters continue to look for fastballs in fastball counts: sometimes they get one. Justin Maxwell led off the 12th inning just looking to get on base. The count went to 3-0 and Maxwell took a fastball down the middle to move the count to 3-1, which put him in another fastball count. The next fastball was slightly up in the zone so Maxwell took that one, too. With the count 3-2 Maxwell was still in a fastball count—pitcher David Aardsma didn’t want to walk the leadoff batter in a tie game, so he threw Maxwell another fastball.

Judging the Royals

Lee Judge shares insights from KC's major-leaguers.

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