Sunday, April 14, 2013
Cubs tie record for wild pitches in inning
By Sahadev Sharma
The Chicago Cubs claimed a dubious record during Sunday's 10-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants as two pitchers combined for five wild pitches in one inning.
Edwin Jackson threw two of them during the Giants' four-run sixth inning.The latter of which allowed a run to score and was his final pitch of the game. Michael Bowden relieved Jackson and didn't fare much better in terms of wildness as he tossed three more to the backstop. It was a regular-season record for wild pitches in an inning.
Manager Dale Sveum was quick not to blame his catcher, Dioner Navarro, for failing to block any of the pitches.
"(They) threw three fastballs right in the dirt, you're not going to block fastballs when they're pulled and thrown 94 mph," Sveum said. "One split was pretty much unblockable and there was probably one of the five that he was able to have a chance of blocking that inning."
The previous mark of four wild pitches in an inning was done five times, most recently by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel threw five wild pitches in the 2000 NLDS.
The wild pitches weren't the only miscue for Cubs pitcher as Shawn Camp allowed a run with a balk.