Pitch at knees sets up three-error play
The strike-zone map above is from Hector Santiago’s outing Sunday against the Tigers, courtesy of brooksbaseball.net. And the green dot just inside the bottom of the box is the 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning as Ian Kinsler was taking off for second base. That’s how close it was.
“You know where the pitch is,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You can’t wait for an umpire’s call. You have to get your throw off. The umpire called it low. Hank thought it was a good pitch and he’s going to follow through on his throw.”
Ian Kinsler was on the same page.
The throws that came after that, of course — Hank Conger to second base, Mike Trout to the cutoff man, then Santiago to home plate — were not close.