While it may not seem like it, clean turn is noticeably rarer than no-hitter, but they are becoming more common as strike rates have risen over the past decade and hitters have become happier.
In the history of Major League Baseball, there have been 317 players, and there have only been 122 pure rounds as of Thursday morning. By Thursday night, there were 123 pure rounds in the record book, and Chicago Cubs Rookie Hayden Wisinski’s name is etched firmly alongside the likes of Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Kovacs, Lefty Grove and a host of others.
Coming to the bottom of fifth, the Cubs had a one-stroke lead over the back of Christopher Morrell’s second double. With two wins, Chicago had put up two runners and Muriel brought them home with a liner that rolled into the corner in left field.
The Buccaneers regained the difference in third when Brian Reynolds came home to take home Jason Delay from second. At that moment, Wesinsky was mortal. Barely half an hour later, he was one with the baseball gods.
Wesneski delivered nine straight hits to the Pittsburgh Pirate Hitters Jack Suwinski, Zack Collins and Delay. There was not a single pitch outside the strike zone. The 24-year-old right-hand man drove his slide like a seasoned pro, drawing corners like a French Impressionist.
The fifth player in 2022, the 123rd clean run, came from rookie Hayden Wisinski, who was snapped up by Chicago on Deadline just as an assistant. It appears that Cubs’ decision to sell at a high price is already paying off.
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Although that might seem like the peak moments of the game, four rounds still stand, and on the seventh, Chicago drove the all-important insurance race home on a solo RBI from Michael Hermosillo to make it 3-1 in the match.
Leading in the seventh inning, Buccaneer Kevin Newman managed to rematch in one inning at 3-2, but that wouldn’t be enough. Wesneski got another one on a hard liner, but was then raised to Brandon Hughes who loaded the bases before manager David Ross called firefighter Mark Leiter Jr.
Hitting Leiter Jr. Rodolfo Castro to finish the frame and Wisinski’s line at 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6K. Until one thing everyone will remember Thursday night was forgotten, it was still a great start for a rookie looking to make their way into the opening day course at Cubs 2023.
In the eighth and ninth, Litter Jr. kept the pirate aimless, albeit not without heart palpitations in the ninth. Allowing runners to advance with two, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Reynolds stole second and third places to take the winning streak to the scoring center. But perpetual calm, Leiter Jr. finished the match over Castro’s first leg 3-2, confirming Wisinski’s moment.
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