How is it possible to walk and strike out in the same at bat? That’s a dumb question, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to walk and strike out in the same at bat. If you walk you walk, if you strike out you strike out.
WRONG. It is possible to walk and strike out in the same at bat. I know because it happened to Jon Jay Wednesday night. Jay drew a walk against the Rays’ Alex Cobb, then saw two more pitches and wound up striking out to end the seventh.
How in the heck does such a thing come about? It’s simple. Everyone lost track of the count. The umps. The batter. The pitcher and catcher. The announcers. Everyone.
Jay took ball four and stayed at the plate, so he had no idea it was a walk. No one in the Cardinals dugout said anything, so no one in the Cardinals dugout knew it was a walk.
There’s a chance Alex Cobb knew it was a walk, but if he did he played it pretty cool. The ump failed to send Jay to first, so Cobb just kept pitching.
Only after the inning did the broadcasters figure out what happened and recap the at bat to show that, indeed, Jon Jay struck out on a 4-2 pitch. With all our technology, we can’t keep track of the count? Oh.