Kansas City pitcher Cole Ragans had a forgettable series of pitches during a matchup with Toronto. The lefty heaved three straight deliveries over the catcher’s head, slipping and falling to the ground on two of those windups.
The errant throws led to a pair of Blue Jays runs, helping Toronto tie the game.
Ragans was in the midst of a fantastic outing on the mound, throwing five scoreless innings against a potent Blue Jays offense. The pitcher recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the sixth frame with ease, but then lost total control.
Ragans walked back-to-back batters, then helped them make their ways around the bases with three straight wild pitches.
my goodness three consecutive pitches 😮 pic.twitter.com/8qosgINimm
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 10, 2023
The string of airmails led to quite the reaction online.
Cole Ragans the last 3 pitches pic.twitter.com/qWkJl65N6U
— Clapz23 (@Clapz23) September 10, 2023
“What just happened to Cole Ragans?” one fan asked.
Cole Ragans just single handedly saved the Blue Jays season. with 3 pitches. pic.twitter.com/VADOFqUiol
— G.D. Mah (@bullygas) September 10, 2023
“Cole Ragans going full Rick Ankiel,” said another.
Cole Ragans: pic.twitter.com/mCiNCPqkvy
— Magic Marincin (@MagicMarincin) September 10, 2023
“Cole Ragans has a self-destruct feature that kicks in after 100 pitches,” this follower wrote.
Cole Ragans: pic.twitter.com/bbDqkYniMV
— spencer🦕 (@spen______) September 10, 2023
Cole Ragans had been one of the MLB’s best pitchers since the All-Star break, posting a 1.48 ERA in his last seven starts. The wheels came off in that sixth inning, though.
Kansas City now finds itself down 5-2, staring at its 100th loss of the season.