Blue Jays’ Pennington becomes first position player to pitch in postseason
Down 13-2 with men on first and second in the ninth inning of ALCS Game 4, the Toronto Blue Jays knew their loss was pretty much sealed.
Instead of burning an arm against the Kansas City Royals, the Blue Jays did something that has never been done in a postseason game in MLB history — they put in a position player to pitch.
Cliff Pennington is the first position player to pitch in the history of the postseason according to #BlueJays PR.Article continues below ...
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) October 20, 2015
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 20, 2015
Cliff Pennington entered the game and flashed a pretty healthy fastball, causing the Toronto fans to erupt in applause.
Cliff Pennington's first two pitches: 91-mph fastball, 79-mph curveball.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) October 20, 2015
He went on to give up back-to-back singles, pushing the score to 14-2, but he induced a pop fly from Ben Zobrist to end the top half of the inning.
Of course, Twitter collectively lost its mind.
POSITION PLAYER PITCHING IN THE POSTSEASON ALERT
— YCPB (@cantpredictball) October 20, 2015
Penny has 4 pitches plus command. Could easily pitch in the big leagues
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) October 20, 2015
Holy hell. Cliff Pennington just hit 90.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 20, 2015
this is the best thing that has ever happened
— Lana Berry (@Lana) October 20, 2015
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) October 20, 2015
— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive) October 20, 2015
The Royals went on to win the game, moving ahead 3-1 in the ALCS.