PHILADELPHIA -- Greg Maddux has something that's akin to total recall when it comes to opposing hitters. It's an uncanny knack for recalling certain pitches to particular batters that date far back in his Major League career.
But when informed that his four-pitch walk to Phillies' shortstop Eric Bruntlett in the first inning of the Padres' 7-4 loss on Tuesday was just his first four-pitch walk since doing so on July 28 of last season against Houston, the veteran right-hander's memory was a bit off.
The batter that Maddux walked in that game? Bruntlett, who was playing for the Astros.
Maddux was somewhat surprised when hearing this fact, as he thought his last four-pitch free pass came this season, on April 7 to Fred Lewis of the Giants. Maddux was right -- sort of. He walked Lewis in that game, but on five pitches.
Since 2001, Maddux has had just 33 four-pitch walks, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Maddux has issued seven walks this season in 38 1/3 innings. He didn't walk his seventh batter until May 9 last season when he finished with just 25 walks. Maddux has two no-decisions and is ahead of the pace he had last year when he had nine no-decisions. He didn't get his second no-decision until May 4 last season.
As for noteworthiness of his walk to Bruntlett on Wednesday, the 42-year-old smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
"I've got enough to worry about," Maddux said.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.