Striking out the side
In baseball, striking out the side refers to when a pitcher strikes out all the batters they face in the defensive half-inning in which he pitches. There is no official statistic in regard to this accomplishment, though it is often noted by commentators and fans when it occurs.
Debate about definition
There is a disagreement as to the exact definition of striking out the side. Some feel a pitcher should be credited with striking out the side when all three outs in the inning were obtained via the strikeout, regardless of what other hitters the pitcher has faced have done. Others believe a pitcher only has struck out the side when they have retired three batters in succession without allowing anyone to reach base.
In 2018, ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian defined "striking out the side" as "three batters come to the plate, and all three strike out." Others argue that those who ascribe to Kurkjian's definition are instead describing "striking out the side in order."
An immaculate inning is the rare feat of retiring all three batters faced in an inning on strikeouts with only throwing strikes and nine pitches.
- "What Is Strikeout The Side In Baseball? Definition & Meaning | SportsLingo". www.sportslingo.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
- "Strike Out the Side Definition - Sporting Charts". www.sportingcharts.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- Kurkjian, Tim (2018-06-08). "Striking out the side means that three batters come to the plate, and all three strike out. Facing six batters, striking out three and allowing three hits, is not striking out the side. #bestofalltim". @kurkjian_espn. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- "What Is Strikeout The Side In Order In Baseball? Definition & Meaning | SportsLingo". www.sportslingo.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
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