The Oakland Athletics had a rough go of it on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Their offense was stagnant and the pitching was even worse. So in the bottom of the eighth inning, the A's tried something new.
Backup catcher Josh Phegley strolled out to the mound to record the final two outs, which he did with ease. Incredibly, one of the outs came by way of the K against five-time All-Star Adam Jones.
Not Jones' best effort, but it's hard to lay off the high cheese from a catcher.
"That was a surprise. He knew that I was just going to come fastball over and over," Phegley said of the strikeout. "I've hit against a position player before and you go up there thinking you're just going to crush it, so I think he kind of just got overaggressive. I had fun with it, and I feel like some guys enjoyed seeing me do that, but at the same time, it was a tough game for us and it's tough to come in and joke around about it after that."
Phegley then got Mark Trumbo out on a popup to short to retire both batters he faced quickly and easily. The Orioles did go on to win 11-3 despite failing to get a hit off of the Athletics' backup catcher.