A’s pitcher data win with out going through batter in statistical anomaly

A’s pitcher data win with out going through batter in statistical anomaly

Oakland Athletics reliever Sean Newcomb recorded his first win of the yr on Friday night time with zero batters confronted. So, how did he do it?

With the A’s tied at 5 towards the Minnesota Twins with two outs within the eighth inning and a person on first, Newcomb entered the sport from the bullpen. 

After attending to a 1-1 depend, the left-hander determined to throw over to first, however the runner bought in a rundown.

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Sean Newcomb of the Athletics pitches towards the Seattle Mariners on June 4, 2024, on the Oakland Coliseum in California. (Brandon Vallance/Getty Photos)

Ultimately, Austin Martin was tagged out, which ended the inning. Statistically talking, a batter is “confronted” if the at-bat itself leads to an out, whether or not it is the batter or a runner by way of a fielder’s selection.

Nevertheless, because it was Newcomb’s pickoff that resulted within the out, no batter was “confronted.”

Then, within the backside half of the inning, Shea Langeliers hit a two-run homer off Jhoan Duran to offer Oakland a 6-5 lead.

So, with the lead, Oakland introduced of their flame-throwing nearer in Mason Miller, and he recorded the save – thus giving Newcomb the win, regardless of throwing two pitches.

Sean Newcomb pitching

Sean Newcomb of the Athletics pitches towards the San Diego Padres at RingCentral Coliseum on Sept. 15, 2023, in Oakland, California. (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Photos)

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It was the primary time within the 124-year historical past of the A’s {that a} pitcher recorded the win with out going through a batter. It nonetheless goes down as one-third of an inning within the stat sheet.

It was Newcomb’s fourth look of the season, however the earlier two hadn’t gone effectively. He had given up 5 earned runs in his earlier two outings mixed in simply 3.1 innings.

Nevertheless it’s early for Newcomb, who had a 3.00 ERA for the A’s final yr and is in his eighth large league season. He spent his first six years with the Atlanta Braves earlier than going to the Cubs in the course of the 2022 season.

Sean Newcomb in media day

Sean Newcomb of the Oakland Athletics poses throughout picture day at HoHoKam Stadium on Feb. 23, 2024, in Mesa, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photos)

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The A’s improved to, albeit a measly, 29-49 with the win, however Minnesota bought revenge with a 10-2 victory on Saturday.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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