Piazza fouled a grounder off a letter-high
inside pitch and his bat shattered, with the largest chunk -- the barrel head -- going back to the mound.
Gone are the days when a scouting report consisted of the advice to "smoke 'em inside." Or the times when Bouton was told "the word on Tim McCarver of the Cards was that Sandy Koufax struck him out on letter-high
fastballs." (As Bouton later reflected: "Which is great advice if you can throw letter-high
fastballs like Koufax could.")
Down, 2-0, after a half inning, Mantoni wasted little time tying things up as he stroked freshman Mike Marshall's letter-high
fastball deep over the left-field fence.
How can letter-high
pitches that were routinely called strikes during the 1960s be called balls in today's game?
After his first two trips to the plate resulted in walks, the Auburn High senior finally got what he was looking for in the fifth inning - a hanging, letter-high
curveball that Leroux promptly sent sailing over the right-center-field fence for a three-run homer to help secure a 5-3 victory over the Panthers in yesterday's Central Mass.
Pedroia turned on a letter-high
fastball to send his homer into the second row.
In the eighth, after allowing a two-out walk to Casanova, the right-hander struck out Dustan Mohr on a letter-high