Did I pitch?
Pick at first
Justin asked: Today my coach put me in to pitch with runners on first and third.
The runner on third is the winning run for the other team.
I decided to try and pick off the guy at first but threw the ball away resulting in the winning run to score. However, this happened before I threw my first pitch of the game.
So did I pitch?
Rick answered: Justin, thank you for your question.
Once your coach decided to make a move, he would have called time out, come out and indicated to the umpire that he wanted to make a pitching change.
During that time out, I assume you took your warm up tosses. At the completion of those 8 pitches, the plate umpire would have restarted play, creating a live ball situation. If no announcement was made, the ball immediately becomes live when you step on the pitching plate.
Technically, you did pitch; but will receive only one pitching stat, a fielding error on the throw.
The run scored would be charged to the pitcher who allowed that runner to get on.
Yours in baseball,
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