1. ## count of three-and-two

Hi, I cannot understand the meaning of the red part of the following sentence from “The Intruder Andre Dubus” by Andre Dubus. Would you please explain it to me? Thanks a lot.

He could not say that on the hill he became great, that he had saved a beautiful girl from a river (the voice then had been gentle and serious and she had loved him), or that he had ridden into town, his clothes dusty, his black hat pulled low over his sunburned face, and an hour later had ridden away with four fresh notches on the butt of his six-gun, or that with the count of three-and-two and the bases loaded, he had driven the ball so far and high that the outfielders did not even move, or that he had waded through surf and sprinted over sand, firing his Tommy gun and shouting to his soldiers behind him.

2. ## Re: count of three-and-two

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.

3. ## Re: count of three-and-two

I should add that with a count of 3 and 2, a foul ball is not an out.

4. ## Re: count of three-and-two

Right. A foul ball never counts as a third strike. The "count" stays at 3-2 and the entire pregnant moment continues. Sometimes a batter will hit for a series of 3-2 foul balls, until finally an outcome is finally reached.

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