The Milwaukee Brewers cleared the bases in interesting fashion today. They scored three runs on one – ONE! – wild pitch.
How does this happen, one may ask?
Well first, the obvious part. You need to load the bases first. Which the Brewers did in the third inning against Colorado Rockies starter Christian Friedrich. Aramis Ramirez singled in a run, then Mark Reynolds doubled him to third. Jean Segura was intentionally walked to get to pitcher Wily Peralta.
Then chaos ensued. Friedrich uncorked a wild pitch to score Ramirez. A throwing error by catcher Michael McKenry allowed Reynolds to score. And Segura? Well, you have to see it to believe it.
In case you are wondering (and I know you are!), the last time this happened was on June 29th, 2001. The Texas Rangers did it to the Oakland Athletics.
This was not the only time that chaos ensued with Peralta at bat in this game. In his first at bat in the second inning, Peralta also came up with the bases loaded. Colorado second baseman D.J. LeMahieu threw away a double play ball that allowed a run to score there as well.
So the final tally for the Brewers? Nine runs scored, but only four were earned in the 9-4 victory. The Brewers have now outscored the Rockies 22-14 in the first two games of the series. Who said offense is down?