Something exceedingly strange happened at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon: Oakland Athletics first baseman Ike Davis, pitching in relief with the A’s on the wrong side of a 18-2 score, walked Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jason Garcia.
Yep, that’s right – an American League position player walked an American League relief pitcher (as Garcia had come in when the O’s conceded the DH to give their stars a breather in the late innings).
Not only that, but Davis pitched a scoreless inning AND picked up his first career strikeout, getting Jonathan Schoop on a pitch with some pretty decent movement. Check it out:
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If you’re looking for a statistic that more or less shows just how difficult things have been for the last-place A’s in 2015, it’s this: Davis, with his two innings of work, has thrown more innings this season than 2014 All-Star closer Sean Doolittle (who has just one, though he’s expected back sometime next week).
In his first ML plate appearance, Jason Garcia draws a walk (off position player Ike Davis). #Orioles up, 18-2 in the 8th. #BizarroBirdland