Three balls and two strikes in baseball. In baseball, the batter must swing at any ball thrown where he should be able to hit it. This area is called the "strike zone."
If the ball is thrown outside of the strike zone, it is called a "ball." The batter does not have to swing at balls.
If the batter swings at any pitch and misses, swings at any pitch and hits the ball foul, or fails to swing at a ball thrown in the strike zone, then that is counted as a "strike" against him. Three strikes and the batter is out, meaning his turn at bat is over.
If the pitcher throws the ball outside of the strike zone and the batter does not swing, it is a "ball." Four balls and the batter is "walked," he gets to advance to first base and the next batter takes his turn.
So, when the "count" is 3 balls and 2 strikes, the next pitch should result in either an out or a walk (or a hit). It is a tension-packed moment, filled with possibilities.
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