Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Forced out at home from the outfieldPosted by Mat Kovach
While searching for more odd plays from last week. I noticed a peculiar event during a Red Sox game. With the based loaded, a 7-2 force out at home plate. The next batter, Carl Crawford, would get the walk-off single. So that got me wondering, when was the last outfield to catcher force out?
Back to Retrosheet*
* I should really write the book: Game Ending Intentional Walks and Other Oddities from the Retrosheet Files.
As it turns out, Retrosheet reveals 22 such events since 1950.
Yet another strange ending to a game. On May 17, 1976, the Brewers forced a runner at home from the outfield. But catcher Darrell Porter made a throwing error attempting to get a double play. The run scored on the play, allowing the Orioles to come back after being down 3-0 to start the eighth. Oops.
Interesting to find out, though, that beyond that there is no record in Retrosheet of a game ending on a outfield-to-home force out.
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