Alex Wood’s first start with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night was going pretty well. Until the seventh inning, that is, when he forgot how to throw a baseball.
The recently-acquired left-hander found himself in a bit of a jam with two runners on and a full count to Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera. Here was his payoff pitch:
Unfortunately for Woods, not only was his delivery 50 Cent-esque, it also was so bad that the umpire ruled it a no-pitch and a balk. That result actually was good news for the Dodgers, as baserunner Carlos Ruiz scored from second base on the play but was forced to go back to third because the ball was dead.
Woods’ next offering — while exponentially better than his last — was a ball, which walked Herrera and loaded the bases for Maikel Franco. Pitcher Joel Peralta relieved Woods and promptly allowed a go-ahead grand slam to Franco in Philly’s eventual 6-2 win.