Whenever a ballgame looks hopelessly out of reach in the late innings, say, 8 or more runs in the 8th or later, it’s not uncommon to see a non-pitcher on the mound. There’s even a Twitter account dedicated to the phenomenon.
Case in point, Mike Carp pitched the top of the ninth inning in Fenway as the Yankees had a 13-5 lead over the Red Sox. The Red Sox had made five errors in the game, so really, seeing a position player on the mound was probably a given at that point. Carp came in featuring a fastball around 80 miles per hour and a knuckle-ball around the high 60s.
Carp’s performance wasn’t quite the dominant outing that say, David Murphy had last year in Boston (Murphy actually struck out Mike with a knuckle-ball – and Carp got ejected for arguing the call), but he did only allow one run. His final line looked like this: 1IP, 0K, 0H, 1ER, 5BB. He did induce one double play early in the inning, but ended up throwing 38 pitches in the inning. His performance is below.
Tags: Boston Red Sox