Monday, March 31, 2008

Play Ball

Here's a brain teaser, in honor of the start of the baseball season:

In one official at-bat, the pitcher has already made ten pitches, the batter has fouled none off, and the batter is still at the plate awaiting another pitch. Under what circumstances is this possible?

I'll answer tomorrow if no one gets it.

8 comments:

Moonbeam said...

My guess is......time outs either called by the Ump or the Catcher for various reasons.

evil-e said...

I can account for an obvious 5 pitches.

The only circumstance that comes to mind is that the game is delayed, until a future day, with a batter at the plate with a 3-2 count. That batter comes to the plate when the game is resumed, whenever, with a reset 0-0 count. That batter then works a 3-2 count once again. 10 pitches awaiting an 11th without a foul.

I doubt this is right, I feel as if I am reaching.

Thanks for the linkage!

mielikki said...

I stink at these things and my brain is mush, therefore I will not even attempt it...

David in DC said...

Evil-e is close.

I think, in the situation he posits, the batter coming up to the plate at the rescheduled game still has a full count.

But, in any game, if there are two outs and a man on base, the pitcher can throw to a full count and then catch the baserunner stealing.

At the start of the next inning, the same guy does come to the plate with balls and strikes reset to 0 - 0.

-RM said...

LMAO..I am not so good at these as well, I think evil-e is right though.

Churlita said...

I don't know baseball well enough to even try.

evil-e said...

arghhhhh!!!! Why did I not remember that??

Bubblewench said...

baseball = glaze over my face.. sorry.