Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pat Venditte makes MLB debut by getting outs using both arms

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his long-awaited big-league debut at Fenway Park Friday night since beginning his long journey in the minors in 2008.

And the Oakland Athletics reliever was the first pitcher in 20 years to throw with both hands in the same game.

The ambidextrous hurler entered in the seventh inning— with the organist playing Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" — and retired Brock Holt with his left arm and then, after allowing a single to Hanley Ramirez, got Mike Napoli to hit into a double play with his right.

Things got comical when the 29-year-old switch-pitcher faced switch-hitter Blake Swihart in the eighth and the glove and helmet chess match began.

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