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Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp became a knuckleballer last night

Apr 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Mike Carp Red Sox AP

Not wanting to use any more pitchers in a blowout loss to the Yankees last night, the Red Sox called on first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp to work the final inning. And it wasn’t pretty.

Carp threw just 15 of his 38 pitches for strikes and walked five batters, although he did induce a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Brian McCann and ended up allowing only one run in the first pitching appearance of his career.

He threw about half fastballs and half knuckleballs, and has the video:

Carp averaged 82 miles per hour with his fastball and also threw 18 knuckleballs at an average of 68 miles per hour.

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  1. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Phil Cuzzi looked very poor in the 9th inning when Carp pitched. I know he’s never seen Carp pitch but come on, Phil. Missing blatant fastballs that were strikes then horrendously trying to make up with it on that tit-high fastball to Elsbury.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      LOL- You watch THAT and your takeaway is that the UMP did a bad job?

    • Glenn - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      I watched the game and Cuzzi was definitely squeezing the plate for poor Carp. It was painful enough to watch. That Ellsbury call must have been a makeup.

  2. Matt Aromando - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    5 walks; 1 ER

  3. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    What pitch did he miss that was a blatant strike? It definitely wasn’t that 2-1 pitch to Roberts:

    • banksatdixie - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Don’t come in here and use facts and logic!

    • rollinghighwayblues - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      In my opinion, the inside pitch to Tex was a universal strike.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Are you talking about Carp’s inside pitch? this one?

        Cuzzi wasn’t calling that a strike all game:

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    The last two innings of that game were just terrible to watch. Between the Yankees rookie who could throw strikes and Carp who couldn’t throw strikes, and Cuzzi not calling anything for strikes, the game was about an hour and a half longer than it needed to be.

    If MLB is considering rules changes, perhaps they could just allow managers the option of enacting the mercy rule in games like this. It is pretty much the same thing as replacing Ortiz with Herrera and allowing Carp to pitch.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You also forgot, “we’ve secretly replaced both infields with the Bad News Bears, let’s see if anyone notices?”

      Some of the worst infield defense across three games I’ve ever seen.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        This series was the opposite of that fun Braves/Marlins series where everything was tense and tight and well pitched throughout. This was like watching drunk onld men playing slow pitch softball.

    • themuddychicken - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      The first 3 innings of that game were just terrible to watch.

  5. dluxxx - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    He’s no Jamey Carroll.

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Gotta love Boston faithful booing a position player who’s just doing his best to get the ball over the plate.

  7. jaylaw01 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Agreed, Cuzzi should be ashamed of himself for that inning and I hope MLB and the Umpire’s Union have a discussion about the blatant lack of consistency in the calls. I’m a Yanks fan but that last inning was just brutal to watch as a Yanks or Sox fan!

  8. icanspeel - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    he should have just underhanded the ball, maybe he would have had better luck.

  9. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I have no horse in this race, but let me say this:

    Chris Davis still holds title of best position player to pitch in a game @ Fenway.

    • paperlions - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Babe Ruth was a position player that used to pitch in Fenway. He was okay.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Er… uh… in the modern era. Since 2000.


      • nbjays - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Except that when he pitched at Fenway, he wasn’t yet a position player.

      • paperlions - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Sure he was. He played in the field on days he didn’t pitch. From 1914-1919, as a Red Sox, he threw over 1100 innings and had over 1300 PAs with a HOF level WRC+

  10. entitymn - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Just watched that video where they show him clip one batter in the toe for the HBP and throw one wild pitch that was almost outside of IBB range, then looked at the NBC box score, and see neither in the footnotes. Odd.

    • RickyB - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      The wild pitch came with the bases loaded and bounced right back to the catcher so no runners could advance. He did not hit the batter with the pitch by his foot – it was ball four.

  11. RickyB - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The game was so bad a Red Sox fan behind home plate started flipping the bird to the camera during close-ups of hitters. Saw it on at least two occasions. Absolutely brutal game to sit through.

  12. Bar None - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    If I have the line right it is:

    1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1ER, 0 K, 5 BB, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA, 5.00 WHIP

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