There are a lot of different ways to win a baseball game, but the way a minor league team won Friday night might be one of the most absurd you’ve seen.
It was a walk-off win on a strikeout.
The bizarre ending occurred in a Class A Midwest League game between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Burlington Bees at Fox Cities Stadium.
Wisconsin was down to its last strike, trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth.
Nic Pierre stepped up with the bases loaded and two outs against Burlington reliever Blake Ziembra, who got Pierre to bite on an 0-2 pitch in the dirt and struck him out swinging.
Game over, right?
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The strikeout pitch, a slider in the dirt, got past catcher Kennier Pina and scooted toward the backstop.
Pina raced back to retrieve it and fired to first to throw out Pierre because, of course, the runner can run to first on a third strike if it’s not caught.
The catcher compounded the problem by throwing it wild to first base. The ball sailed past the first baseman into right field foul territory.
One runner scored on the wild pitch and two more scored on the wild throw to first to make it 7-6 and give the Timber Rattlers the most unlikeliest of walk-off wins.
“I have never seen anything like that in my life,” said the announcer.
The Rattlers were trailing 6-2 to start the ninth and scored five runs. The first two were scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Kenny Corey.
That set the stage for the game-winning three-run walk-off strikeout.
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