Lavarnway Ties Major-League Record With 4 Passed Balls In 1st Inning

August 7, 2013 2:44 PM
Lavarnway Ties Major-League Record With 4 Passed Balls In 1st Inning
" BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway tied a major-league record in the first inning Tuesday night, but it’s not something he wants to look back on too much.

With knuckleballer Steven Wright on the mound (in his first Major League start), Lavarnway was sporting an oversized mitt to help him catch the unpredictable pitch. But things didn’t work out that way, and Lavarnway ended up with four passed balls in the first– just  the third time in Major League history that four passed balls occurred in the same inning, and first time since 1987.

“I don’t think that’s how anyone would have drawn it up, but sometimes that’s how it goes with knuckleballers,” said Lavarnway, who caught Wright for the eighth time in his career on Tuesday. ”That was the most I’ve ever seen it move. He’s been great the last two times out, sometimes that’s how it goes with knuckleballers.”

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The Astros scored their first two runs of the evening on Lavarnway’s third and fourth passed balls "

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