During a 23 minute bottom half of the first inning this past Sunday, Washington Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez, threw 44 pitches and gave up two runs to the Philadelphia Phillies. Sanchez was 17 pitches away from tying the most pitches thrown in a first inning ever! We think…?
So who threw the most pitches during a first inning? A stat recorded in 2015 states, since 2009, a pitcher has thrown 50 or more pitches in a single inning just 18 times.
According to SI.com, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus let Daniel Norris throw 54 pitches in the first inning during a game in September of 2015, a pitch total matching the most thrown in a single inning by any pitcher in the last eleven years.
Shelby Miller of the Detroit Tigers threw 51 pitches in a second inning during a loss to the A’s on June 27, 2013.
Answer: Bartolo Colon throwing 61 pitches during the first inning on April 9th 1997.