How Does a 129-Pitch Start Last 44 Days?

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How Does a 129-Pitch Start Last 44 Days?

Baseball Is Fun

In one of the wilder stories in baseball this morning, Matt Russell completed an eight inning outing that will go down in the scorebooks as a 129-pitch outing that spanned 129 days and two different ballparks.

On May 1, Russell started a game for the Jersey Shore Blue Claws, the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, against the Aberdeen IronBirds, the High-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Before a weather delay paused the May 1 contest, Russell tossed three innings in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and a walk.

On Tuesday Russell was allowed to start the resumed contest between Jersey Shore and Aberdeen with the IronBirds leading 2-1, this time in his home ballpark (the original game started at the IronBirds ballpark).

Russell allowed just one run on six hits over five innings of work. The 23-year-old also racked up six strikeouts to bring his total line for the game to 8.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, and 12 K.

“I was pretty stoked that our staff let me finish my own game,” Baseball Is Fun


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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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