SportsnetLA’s Alanna Rizzo (and more than a few others) noted a quirk in the batteries in Saturday night’s Dodgers/Padres game.
What are the chances? The batteries tonight are Clayton & Austin and Clayton & Austin.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 7, 2017
Indeed, Clayton Kershaw was facing off against Clayton Richard. Kershaw was being caught by Austin Barnes, while Richard had Austin Hedges as his batterymate. So how many times might the opposing pitchers AND opposing catchers each share a first name?
With the Retrosheet gamelogs fired up, I found 17 instances of this through 2016, but nothing as unlikely as “Clayton” and “Austin”. It had been over 11 years since the last occurrence