New look at stats places pitcher Brendan McKay tied for second in record books
May 30, 2014 9:15 PM
Blackhawk's Brendan McKay pitches against West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Thursday.
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A check of a scorebook shows Brendan McKay’s scoreless innings streak was a little longer than originally thought.
Two-thirds of an inning should be added to the streak of McKay, a senior left-handed pitcher at Blackhawk High School. That means McKay’s consecutive scoreless innings streak should have ended at 721⁄3 innings, which ties for the second-longest run in U.S. high school baseball history.
McKay’s streak, which started in 2013, ended Thursday night when West Allegheny scored with two outs in the third inning of the WPIAL Class AAA championship. McKay’s streak was reported to be 712⁄3 innings.
Prompted by a phone call Friday from a reporter, Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia went back and checked his scorebook from the previous time McKay gave up a run against Central Valley in 2013. McKay gave up a run in the seventh and final inning of that game.
But he recorded two outs in the inning after he gave up the run.
Thus, McKay should be credited with the additional two-thirds of a scoreless inning.
“It was an honest mistake. I just went right over it because during this [streak] thing I had always just thought about it in straight innings,” Amalia said. “I never thought about it that way with a third of an inning or two-thirds of an inning after he gave up that run.”
So, McKay ties the second-longest streak of 721⁄3, set in 1991 by Mike Halperin of Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla.
The national record for consecutive scoreless innings is 80, set in 1973 by Joey Porter of South Natchez High in Natchez, Miss.
As for McKay, he ended up the losing pitcher in a 5-3, eight-inning loss against West Allegheny Thursday in the title game. Blackhawk will start Monday in the PIAA playoffs.
“I’ll tell you, I was proud of him, with the way he handled himself,” Amalia said. “West Allegheny scored that run, and there was no change of emotion from him.
“He didn’t get upset, there was no saying anything to his teammates. He just kept pitching.”
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