For the first time in more than 100 years of postseason baseball, a position player was called on to take the mound Tuesday.
The Toronto Blue Jays, desperate after giving up 12 runs in game four of the American League Championship Series, summoned utility player Cliff Pennington to pitch in the top of the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals.
.@BlueJays INF Cliff Pennington becomes first true position player to pitch in a #postseason game in @MLB history. https://t.co/xlEerYkLvU— MLB Stats (@MLB Stats) 1445385213.0
Pennington, who has played four positions in his eight years in the major leagues, delivered a 91 mph strike for his first pitch.
"Look at the faces on the bench there," the sports announcer said as the camera showed his teammates smile. "Wow!"
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Things, however, didn't go so well after that. Pennington ultimately gave up two singles and let two runs score before ending the inning.
The Blue Jays ultimately fell to the Royals 14-2. The two teams will face off in game five Wednesday.
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