Maybe it wasn’t the worst defensive inning of the year, but only because the year isn’t over yet. The Astros entered the bottom of the sixth inning with a 5-2 lead and their best pitcher, Roy Oswalt, still in the game.
Twelve batters later, they were down 8-5, Oswalt was out with a bruised thumb, and … let’s just go to the play-by-play.
Cristian Guzman goes to 3-1 and then singles to center. Nick Johnson draws a walk on nine pitches, a very nice at-bat for him. Ryan Zimmerman takes a strike, then singles to center to drive home a run. After a groundout, it starts getting ugly — three walks on 13 pitches, two byOswalt and one by Chris Sampson. There was an error by Miguel Tejada. Tim Byrdak hit a batter. By the time it was done, there were six runs for the Nationals on two hits, both singles, with five walks, a hit-by-pitch, and an error.
My nominee for ugliest defensive inning of the year.