20K at 20: The anniversary of Kerry Wood’s incredible day

He also posted a Game Score of , which is still the highest recorded for a nine-inning start. And I'm not mad. There was also one freshly painted "E-5" sign -- one fan's way of imploring the official scorer to change Gutierrez's hit to an error on Orie.

When you are in playoff contention, those horses get rode. He got Derek Ball swinging at a nasty curveball for number two and struck out the side by painting the outside corner to get Bagwell. But his future — at least until now — was shaped during a fateful debut season with the Cubs.

A wild fastball sailed over the head of catcher Sandy Martinez and hit the umpire right in the face. Though he struggled with injuries throughout his career, Wood was twice named an All-Star. Wood became the third in MLB history to strikeout 20 batters in a game, with Roger Clemens having the other two with the Red Sox in and Niekro We present them here for purely educational purposes.

So you feel good about it, being able to [get a hit]. My feeling at that point immediately was "base hit. Jeff Bagwell, Astros first baseman: View all Entertainment Sites. Bags and [Biggio], they always knew who was pitching the next week. Wood had 10 strikeouts through the first five innings, and Astros starter Shane Reynolds had nine, almost matching his young mound opponent K for K.

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They were at that one, too. His pitching repertoire included a blazing fastball and a slider , and he had control problems, often throwing wild pitches. View all Sports Illustrated Sites. Bagwell's second at-bat -- that's when I buckled him on back-to-back breaking balls, and that's when I really felt everything click in was Bagwell's second at-bat. We were playing OK at that time. Harper With a little more confidence after that outing, Wood came into his fifth start with a big challenge ahead of him, namely the strong lineup of the Houston Astros.

As I was scoring the game, I noticed the ball went through him and into shallow left field and I put "Hit 7" -- hit to seven [on my scorebook]. Wood stated he wished to remain with the Cubs, but also wanted to continue playing baseball. Houston's final batter, Bell, flailed at three straight outside fastballs, ending the game and giving Wood his record-setting 20th strikeout in Cubs victory. Harvey Hubbell Seymour Wood caps off strikeout game.

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He was later named the National League Rookie of the Year. How do you get crossed up on the first pitch? I thought it was a hit. Namespaces Article Talk. But for one afternoon at Wrigley Field 20 years ago, year-old Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters and was the greatest pitcher on the face of the earth.

He could very easily have had one Tuesday. Richard Rolen