In last night's Blue Jays-Twins game, three Toronto relievers combined to bring you this disgusting eighth inning: walk, walk, sac bunt, walk, wild pitch, walk and wild pitch, stolen base, walk and wild pitch, stolen base, walk, walk, single, walk, strikeout, groundout. It was remarkable, really.
If you're keeping score, that's six runs on one hit, with eight walks sprinkled in. The 12 batters that came to the plate swung a total of 10 times. Of the seven times ball met bat in the inning, three were on bunt attempts.
There have been higher-scoring innings (three Tigers pitchers combined to allow the Red Sox 17 runs in the seventh on June 18, 1953), and there have been walkier innings (four Senators pitchers gave the Yankees 11 free passes in a single frame on Sept. 11, 1949), but for sheer inability to create anything resembling a watchable at-bat—for good or for bad—I hereby declare this one the worst. Steve Delabar, Sergio Santos, J.A. Happ, come claim your prize. (It's a poop in a bucket.)