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What?! Walk-off intentional walk?
The intentional walk is an often-used strategy because, in addition to reducing the risk of something bad happening to the fielding team, it is highly difficult for professional baseball players to mess up.
The pitcher throws the ball to the catcher, the only requirements being that the pitch is (1) unhittable to the hitter and (2) catchable by the catcher. This creates a tremendous margin for error. Alas, screwing it up is possible, and it happened to New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitcher Alan Farina on Tuesday.
With New Britain Rock Cats on second and third and one out in the final inning of a tie game on Tuesday, the Fisher Cats decided it would be best to load the bases with an intentional walk in the Double-A Eastern League contest.
So Farina tossed three intentional balls to New Britain's Reynaldo Rodriguez without incident.
The fourth pitch? Well, for some reason Farina decided to really fire it in there, and it really got away, scoring the winning run for the Rock Cats.