Mental Floss

Brain Game: A Half-Inning


Here in metro Detroit, the joy of our NFL team actually winning a game last week has been tempered this week by the collapse of our AL team. We offered an "at-bat" logic Brain Game puzzle several days ago, in hopes the Tigers can pull it out, here's one about a productive half-inning. Enjoy!

Six batters came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. In no particular order, they made one single, one triple, one walk, a called strikeout, a pop-out to first, and a ground out (but no stolen bases).When the half-inning ended, two runs had scored and a runner was left stranded on second. Based on this information and the clues that follow, determine how each batter fared. Good luck:

1. The first batter earned a base hit, unlike the fourth batter. 2. The second batter did not reach base, but the third batter did. 3. The pitcher threw only two pitches to the sixth batter. Â

Here is the SOLUTION.


The first batter hit a single;
the second batter was called out on strikes;
the third batter hit a triple (scoring one run);
the fourth batter walked;
the fifth batter grounded out (scoring the runner from third, and moving the runner from first to second*);
the sixth batter popped out to the first baseman.

* - had the runner been thrown out going to second, it would have been a fielder's choice, not a ground out