It’s Ian Kinsler’s first MLB pitching appearance.
And then he homers in the bottom of the inning.
Ian Kinsler is now making his professional pitching debut.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 13, 2019
The Padres are down 10-2 in the ninth, preserving their arms in the first of a three-game set to end the homestand.
And so in comes Kinsler, off the bench, to pitch for the first time in his 15-year career.
Ian Kinsler, Painted 80mph Two Seamer. 🎨👨🎨🖌️ pic.twitter.com/FtmXqDDOoh
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 13, 2019
Fastballs between 76-82 mph. Surprisingly sharp to the eye-test.
Then Machado starts calling for the curveball. Motioning for it, beaming, like he knows how little it’ll matter if the Rays notice—because hiding pitches won’t do a lot when Ian Kinsler is pitching.
But “Throw the dang curveball!” he’s begging with a grin.
2019 PitchingNinja Award for Least Inconspicuous Signs (Position Player Pitching Category). 🏆
Manny Machado & Ian Kinsler. Curveball. pic.twitter.com/38KNpEom3X
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 26, 2019
So he pitches it, into the dirt, and another, and gets himself into a jam.
But a line drive to short turns into a double play. And another line drive gets snagged by Machado. Kinsler is out of the inning. Two walks, a single and a HBP—but no runs.
The most realistically pristine outing anyone could’ve hoped for.
Ian Kinsler has a career 0.00 ERA
— John (@Friar_Faithful) August 13, 2019
And then, for the encore, the Padres have their turn to bat.
Ian Kinsler is hitting for himself.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 13, 2019
Kinsler comes up. Gets a Kinsler-tier meatball fastball over the plate.
Crushes it to left field for a two-run homer.
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) August 13, 2019
The kind of inning that echoes with that refrain:
Baseball is very, very weird.
In the very, very greatest of ways.
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