I'm not a huge baseball fan, but on occasion, I do enjoy catching a game. As luck would have it, I started watching Humbers "Perfect Game" the other night around the 4th. Amazing pitching performance. My question: I've noticed many times in games past, a batter will sometimes try to "steal first". This always happens when the count is full, and the catcher loses the ball (similar to what happened at the end of the perfect game) Since the batter was ruled to have swung, and the pitch went wild, the catcher got the ball, and threw him out before he got to first. Why wasn't this a strike out since it was a 3rd strike? Hopefully that made sense, but it was the best way I could phrase this. I've wondered about this for years, and never knew anybody to ask.