Where some pitchers might have tried not throwing wild pitches with a runner on third, and others might have tried covering the plate after throwing a wild pitch, Austin instead went with the heretofore untested method of sprinting off the mound toward the advancing runner and body-checking him to the ground before he could reach home plate. And it would have worked if weren't for that meddling umpire!
You might guess that the incident stemmed from mounting frustration on Austin's part, perhaps due to whatever loaded the bases in the first place. But in fact, according to the box score the batter – Matthew Simmons – was only the second hitter Austin faced in the game. The runner at third wasn't even his responsibility.
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