WATCH: Pitcher Throws the Ultimate Blooper and Nearly Hits Himself with WORST Pitch in MLB History
Trailing the Oakland A’s 7-4 Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals brought in left-hander Jake Brentz to pitch the sixth inning.
Brentz, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, got off to a strong start, opening the inning by getting A’s batter Starling Marte to swing and miss at the first pitch. But his second pitch – well that one was juuuuuust a bit outside. Technically it was inside on the righty hitter, but regardless, it wasn’t what the Royals catcher called for.
The Royals pitcher seemingly defied the laws of physics on the errant heave, holding onto the ball too long and nearly spiking it into his own foot. There are times pitchers will intentionally throw a ball inside to set up their next pitch, but this one landed about 55-feet away from the plate.
Brentz, likely mortified by the gaffe, quickly began limping around the mound as if he did in fact hit himself with the pitch, while the Royals manager and trainer walked over to check on their pitcher. But upon further review, the pitch, which A’s analyst Dallas Braden believed was a changeup, did not hit Brentz on the foot.
After what was arguably the worst pitch in Major League Baseball history, the lefty bounced back and threw consecutive strikes to Marte for the out. Brentz retired the next two batters to complete what goes in the scorebook as a perfect inning, despite almost hitting himself with a pitch. To further perfect his night, the Royals went on to overcome their deficit by scoring six unanswered runs, earning Brentz the win on his birthday.
Watch above via NBC Sports California
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