Something amazing and rare happened last night, and I'm not talking about the Red Sox pounding out 17 runs and 20 hits.
Marco Scutaro swung at a pitch and missed it. How rare is that?
He's done it only six times this year!*
*: By contrast, Kevin Youkilis swung and missed at five pitches in one game (April 11). I went to look at the 11th because it was David Ortiz's 4K game, but Flo missed only four pitches that day.
Going through my scorecards, I came up with 479 pitches to Scutaro. (Fangraphs has 480. Arrgg! I don't know where that missing pitch is, so I'm going to ignore it in the info below and go with my total.)
Scutaro's first swing and a miss came in the 5th inning on April 20 (G14), on his 230th pitch of the year. (Or maybe 231st.) It was during his 56th plate appearance.
That number also includes pitches taken for balls, not only swings. FG has broken down Scutaro's pitches seen as 195 balls and 285 strikes.
For the record, of the 479 pitches I have for Scutaro, he has swung and missed at #s 230, 251, 362, 378, 415, and 476.