- The pitch is outside the strike zone and hits the batter.
- The catcher commits what is known as a catcher's interference. This is when the catcher physically hinders the batter's ability to hit the pitch, often by making contact with the batter during a pitch.
PRO TIP: When a batter draws a walk, he is not credited with an at-bat. Rather, it counts as a plate appearance. We will learn more about the difference between at-bats and plate appearances in future chapters.
Sometimes, if the pitcher is facing an especially skilled and powerful hitter and there are baserunners on base, the pitcher will purposely throw four (4) balls in a row and give that player a walk. This is to take away the batter's opportunity to hit a home run or another powerful hit that would drive the baserunners home.
Can Runs Be Scored Through Walks?
Yes! When a batter who draws a walk advances to first base and there is already a runner on first base, that runner is pushed to second base. If there is a runner on second base, he must advance to third base, and so on. If a batter draws a walk when the bases are loaded (each base is occupied by a baserunner), all the runners must advance: including the runner at third base, who advances to home plate and scores. This does not happen very often, but it does happen!