Hanson Battles Through Bizarre Outing
By Bill Shanks
April 21, 2010
It was like Tommy Hanson was throwing pies at a carnival. He just kept throwing, and throwing, and throwing.
Hanson did well Tuesday night against the Phillies, but his pitch count did him in. And it all started in the very first at bat.
Shane Victorino, who always gives the Braves fits, started off the game with a 10-pitch at bat. He fouled off five pitches before flying out to right field for the first out of the game.
But the precedent was set with the long at bat. It would be the first of many for Philadelphia.
Hanson threw 22 pitches in the first inning, and then 25 pitches in the second frame, including nine to catcher Carlos Ruiz before he grounded out to second base.
The third inning was normal, as Hanson threw only 11 pitches. But it was a long fourth inning, when the Phillies scored the first run of the game. It included an 11-pitch at bat by Ruiz and a seven-pitch at bat by Chase Utley.