Rare Baseball Feat: Pitcher Strikes Out Batter On One Pitch

West Islip native Nick Tropeano has already had an eventful season for Houston’s Double-A squad in Corpus Christi. The 22-year-old is 6-7 with a 4.34 ERA in 23 games, bouncing between the rotation and bullpen — he’s made 15 starts, but also boasts five saves.

Oh, and he struck out a hitter on one pitch.

Vinnie Catricala struck out on a single pitch fired by Nick Tropeano Friday, not because of a Bugs Bunny-like “1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out” routine, but because Catricala argued, according to a Yahoo! Sports article.

Tropeano, who was drafted in the fifth-round out of Stony Brook University in 2011, got strike 1 on Catricala, who disputed the call with home plate umpire Ron Teague. Catricala then apparently took his time getting back in the batter’s box and Teague assessed him two additional strikes for the delay, thus ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

Rule 6.02 (c) allows an umpire to take this action as long as the batter has been given a “reasonable opportunity” to get back in the box.


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