Posted by: Peter | September 30, 2008

One Pitch

That’s what the Twins season comes down to: one pitch. Specifically, Nick Blackburn’s 76th pitch, which Jim Thome blasted over the centerfield wall to score the only run of game #163. Below is the entire at-bat, as it appeared from the perspective of the umpire, with estimated pitch trajectories calculated from pitch f/x:

Jim Thome's fateful at-bat in Twins game number 163

Jim Thome goes deep

The pitch was a hanging changeup, and it richly deserved to be hit a long way. Still, how heartbreaking to have the season end because of that one mistake.



  1. […] as we saw last year, it can all come down to one pitch. So there’s nothing to but sit back, cross one’s fingers, and hope to squeeze a little […]

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