Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts isn’t just one of the best baseball players on the planet. He’s also a very talented bowler. The Red Sox announced on Sunday evening that Betts bowled a 300 — a perfect game — in the PBA World Series of Bowling IX. The PBA has video showing his ninth and 10th frames:
For the uninitiated, a perfect game in bowling requires the bowler to record a strike in every frame. A strike counts as 10 pins whatever pins fall in the next two frames for a maximum of 30. In the 10th frame, a bowler can record as many as three strikes as opposed to the one in each of the first nine frames. So, Betts rolled 12 consecutive strikes in that particular game.
This was not the first perfect game of Betts’ career. He also rolled a 300 on January 27, 2013 and on February 2, 2016. It was, however, his first in a PBA competition. It was not the first time Betts has competed in the PBA, as he competed in 2015.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”