July 8, 2012 10:28 AM

Pitching and defense?

Away from this week's festivities, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel points out a wild game between the Arizona League Brewers and Royals yesterday.From his blog:

"The AZL Brewers scored 17 runs in the top of the first inning against the AZL Royals, sending 23 hitters to the plate and collecting 12 hits, five walks and hit batsman. There also were two errors and two pitching changes in a top of the first that took 1 hour, 6 minutes to complete.

Five different players had three at-bats in that outburst. Rightfielder Jose Pena had three hits -- two singles and a double. Tyrone Taylor doubled and tripled, Clint Coulter had a pair of singles and Jalen Harris tripled and walked.

Royals pitcher Christian Witt had this interesting pitching line: 0.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.

The Royals sent 10 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored six runs. So, after one inning of play, the AZL Brewers led, 17-6. As you might expect, they went on to win the game, 23-8, collecting 23 hits. Amazingly, the game took only 3 hours, 23 minutes to play, with nearly half of that needed to complete the first inning."

-- Sam Mellinger

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