Do you like walks? Good, because the Angels' Double-A affiliate drew 10 walks in a single inning
Let's recap the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday night's Double-A matchup between the Springfield Cardinals and Arkansas Travelers -- heads up, you might want to take a deep breath:
Strikeout, walk, hit by pitch, pitching change, walk, walk, pop out, single, walk, walk, walk, single, pitching change, walk, walk, single, walk, double, defensive switch, pitching change, single, double, walk, strikeout.
Yes, the Travelers walked 10 times in a single frame -- a Texas League record -- in which they scored 14 runs. Four of those runs were walked in. And there was also a HBP. So, of the 20 batters that appeared at the plate in the inning, more than half of them reached base without recording a hit.
Here's Wade Hinkle, who walked twice in the inning, recording the 10th:
The Travelers walked 13 times total in the game, with every batter except first baseman Brian Hernandez drawing at least one (don't feel bad for Hernandez, though -- he went 3-for-6 with a double and five RBIs). Five Travelers walked twice.
Look, I love a good walk as much as the next guy, but gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. And this was definitely a glut of walks. It's reminiscent of the Blue Jays-Twins game in April of last season, when the Twins drew eight walks in an inning. And hey, it could always be worse: In a Senators-Yankees game from 1949, the Yanks drew 11 walks in the bottom of the third.