The Reds got hit by four pitches in one inning.
First time it’s happened since 1893.
Three from Venditte, the starter, and one from Dyson out of the bullpen.
Here’s the video:
Reds batters tied the Major League record (set in 1893) for batters hit by a pitch in an inning with four in the 6th, two with the bases loaded. pic.twitter.com/7UmtwzsqFc
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 6, 2019
You start looking through the media coverage, and you come across a tweet that says this—seemingly some sort of joke:
“Pat Venditte hits guys with both arms.”
Giants tied a major-league record today by hitting four batters in an inning.
The record was set in 1893.
Pet Venditte hit guys with both arms.
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) May 6, 2019
Hits guys with both arms.
Must be some sort of old idiom, like… “He’s got two left feet.”
Because, no one’s actually got two left feet, do they?
Well, this Pat Venditte, hitter of three Reds batters in this sixth inning in Cincinnati, does in fact hit guys with both arms:
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 6, 2015
Watch the video again.
Pitching right-handed, he hits Suarez. Pitching right-handed still, he hits Peraza.
And then, as if some camera trick just flashed in front of our eyes, Venditte hits VanMeter pitching left-handed.
I know Pat Venditte has been around for a while now, but the fact that he’s a big league pitcher who can throw with both arms will always be complete insanity
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 17, 2018
Three HBP. One Inning. One man. Two arms.
You have to wonder, does he switch arms with every batter, or might he actually think:
“I’ve just hit two guys, let’s make a change.”
All right-handed systems shut down. Left-handed power grid turns on.
And another batter hit.
He’s pulled from the game. Dyson comes in and notches HBP number four.
A day later, Venditte gets released from the team.
• OF Mike Gerber optioned to AAA Sacramento.
• SHP Pat Venditte optioned to AAA Sacramento post-game, designated for assignment.
• OF Gerardo Parra outrighted to AAA Sacramento and elected free agency.
• IF Yangervis Solarte designated for assignment. (con’d)
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 7, 2019
That's a wrap on Pat Venditte's career with the #SFGiants ✌️
— Z (@ZsRight) May 6, 2019
And so it goes, the sad story of Pat Venditte and his errant, ambidextrous six-inning outing in Cincinnati.
Which somehow… might not have been the weirdest part of the game.
An hour later, Pablo Sandoval pitched a hitless inning.
— C. トレント・ローズクランズ (@ctrent) May 6, 2019
And in this same game, there was a 30-minute insect delay.
Derek Dietrich ambled out onto the field in full beekeeper-exterminator regalia, to help solve the problem.
The Giants-Reds game is currently under delay due to BEES 🐝 pic.twitter.com/3tYKKFdCE9
— Zack Seward 🥨 (@zackseward) May 6, 2019
The #Reds game is in a delay because of a swarm of bees… no, seriously.. BEES. 😂🐝🐝
GET EM, DIETRICH! pic.twitter.com/swC00mQZb9
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) May 6, 2019
BEES AT GABeeP! 🐝
— WLWT (@WLWT) May 6, 2019
This is as weird as baseball gets, people.