Gregg's wild pitches in an inning ties mark
SEATTLE -- Kevin Gregg had a wild Sunday in Seattle.
The Anaheim reliever threw four wild pitches in the eighth inning of the Angels' 6-2 loss, tying the post-1900 regular-season record for an inning.
"It just happens. It's part of the game," Gregg said. "That's probably the worst I've ever had it with the split."
Walter Johnson set the record with the Washington Senators in 1914, and Atlanta's Phil Niekro matched it in 1979. Buffalo's Bert Cunningham threw five wild pitches in one inning in 1890, and Rick Ankiel of St. Louis threw five in an NL playoff game in 2000.
"He's got that splitter. When you have a little trouble with it, it's going to bounce," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's tough to block, and he definitely bounced his share today."
Gregg had six wild pitches in 54 2-3 innings coming in. He threw 28 wild pitches for Class-A Visalia in 1997.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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