# Thought Experiment ...

### Tuesday, September 15 2009 @ 10:33 AM EDT

**Contributed by: Mick Doherty**
This is **Officially Not a Trivia Contest** (though it's certainly *trivial* so maybe close to that!)

I'm not very good with math -- I ignore it more than 60 percent, or almost half the time! So I'm not sure what made me think of this, but I found myself wondering ...

*What is the maximum number of hits a pitcher can allow in one inning without giving up a run?* I'm sure there must be a "right" answer to this; it's not an "infinity" question like it would be if we added the word "unearned" to the question. So here we go -- check my work, grade my effort, let me know if there is another answer, and post your own favorite "thought experiment" question here.

**Is this right?**

- Pitcher surrenders three infield singles, loading the bases. (Three batters, no runs.)
- Pitcher picks off runner on third, surrenders another infield single (Four, zero.)
- Pitcher repeats step two, above. (Five, zero.)
- Pitcher strikes out hitter for third out.

Final answer: Five base hits allowed, no runs scored.

So -- is that right? And what else you got?

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