Ryan Lavarnway Allows Record-Tying Four Passed Balls in First Inning Against Astros (Video)


Knuckleballs are hard to throw, hit and catch — just ask Steven Wright, Ryan Lavarnway and just about anyone who has dug into the batter’s box when that red-stitched pearl comes dancing along.

In an inning that would make Doug Mirabelli cringe, Lavarnway allowed four passed balls against the Astros in the first frame on Tuesday night, tying a major league record. The last time a catcher allowed four passed balls in one inning came Aug. 22, 1987, when Geno Petralli caught Texas pitcher Charlie Hough.

Check out Lavarnway’s rough time trying to catch Wright’s knuckler below.

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