It’s always fun when position players come in to pitch in MLB games.
And on Thursday night, we were treated to such a feat in the Angels-Rangers matchup. Entering the top of the ninth inning, the game was out of reach, with Los Angeles leading, 15-4.
This seemed like a perfect time for Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez to make his first major league appearance as a pitcher. And he was more than up for the task—producing a 1-2-3 inning. He was extremely efficient—throwing only 12 pitches—recording outs via ground ball, strike out and fly ball.
Look at that changeup, though! He got ahead in the count, 1-2, to Angels first baseman C.J. Cron—and busted out a beautiful changeup that had some late movement on it, tailing down and in. Good luck hitting that. Cron sure didn’t. In fact, he struck out.
After the game, he spoke about his experience in the clubhouse (via Anthony Andro).
Rangers Chris Gimenez talks about his pitching. https://t.co/mGufgdwOoD
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) July 11, 2014
While the Rangers probably aren’t happy about losing by a 15-6 margin, Gimenez should be enjoying recording his first career strikeout in an MLB game.