The putout of a runner leading off base, involving an unexpected throw to a base by the pitcher or the catcher while the batter is still at bat.
- No major league pitcher, to our knowledge. has ever matched his feat of retiring three runners on pickoff throws in one inning
- But then he made a crucial mistake, making a wide pickoff throw to first base.
- Every inning seemed to feature runners on base, full counts, pickoff throws, pitching changes, and breaks to go wake up spectators who may have dozed off.
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