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Uehara's streak stopped

Posted on: April 17, 2011 7:29 pm

Koji UeharaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Before a full-count pitch to Shin-Soo Choo with one out in the eighth inning on Sunday, Orioles reliever Koji Uehara had gone 36 appearances without a walk.

That pitch -- much to the chagrin of Uehara and manager Buck Showalter -- was called a ball, ending the third-longest streak in baseball history behind Dennis Eckersley (41 games from 1989-1990) and John Smoltz (38 games from 2003-2004). 

"I'm not so sure it was a walk, either," Showalter said of the pitch called a ball by home plate umpire Ed Hickox, via the Baltimore Sun.

Uehara, through his interpreter, told reporters, "I think it wasn't going well with the umpires today."

After going 36 appearances without a walk, Uehara walked Travis Hafner after striking out Carlos Santana. His last walk before today was July 16, 2010, to Fred Lewis, then with the Blue Jays.

Uehara needed 29 pitches to get through the inning in which he also struck out two batters, but had needed just 33 pitches to get through the first 4 2/3 innings he'd thrown this season. Still, he said he'll be ready to pitch on Monday. He's allowed just one hit and no runs in five appearances this season.

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Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:39 am

Uehara's streak stopped

This is my kind of article! The kind of article where great feats would go un-noticed if it wasn't for die-hards paying attention. There should be more articles on things like this, and less on Bonds, Clemens, and any other cheater involved in court trials. Since we have the NFL at the crossroads, maybe there should be a column titled 'Sad Sports Stories'...

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2011 8:29 pm

Uehara's streak stopped

Koji rocks ... but could really care less about base-on-ball statistics (unless they are directly tied to WINS).

Let's Go O's.

P.S. The pitch was a Strike.

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